Turkish forces, allied militants capture town in Syria's Afrin

Afrin campaign to end in May Turkey and Iraq to fight PKK together Turkish FM

"Right now, Afrin city center is surrounded", said Erdogan at the inauguration of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's Politics Academy in capital Ankara.

Erdogan also reaffirmed his previous vows that Turkey would not limit itself to clearing the Afrin region of the YPG, saying it wanted to carry on to the town of Manbij to the east and then to the Iraqi border.

Turkey on January 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria were allied with the US-led coalition, which rallied them for operations targeting the jihadist forces of the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

"We have besieged Afrin".

According to him, deployment of YPG militants to north-western Syria is being held under control of the U.S. military in the region. "Today we are in Afrin and tomorrow we will be in Manbij". The official Ankara says all military and political institutions of Syrian Kurds are terrorist organizations and urges the US to curtail the relations with them.

"Jarabulus was 2,000 square-kilometers and we cleared it".

Through violent military actions, the Turkish army violates the recent resolution 2401 of the United Nations Security Council, which establishes a ceasefire in Syrian territory, according to the Damascus authorities.

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen as they advance in north of Afrin, Syria, March 8, 2018.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.

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