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Iran urges end to Turkey Syria operation

Iran urges end to Turkey Syria operation

Turkey's current assault on the US -partnered YPG follows a year in which the relationship between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies strained even further, with the Department of Justice refusing to assist in extraditing a cleric Erdogan claims sparked a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terror organization and a security threat because of its affiliation with Kurdish rebels fighting in southeastern Turkey. The United States has backed the YPG in its fight against Islamic State in Syria.

"Our jets took off and started bombing".

"Operation Olive Branch continues as planned", the military said on the second day of the operation.

A statement from the militia said: "Our people are holding on to their land and do not accept surrender. we repeat our determination to protect our people in Afrin against the attacks".

"We have predictions but we know the force of the terrorists there, their logistics and infrastructure", he said, refusing to provide a precise time. "God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly".

The Pentagon said the United States urged those involved to focus instead on the fight against ISIL.

The attacks follow weeks of warnings against the YPG in Syria from Mr Erdogan and his ministers.

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Then when the Americans recently announced plans to create a 30,000-strong border security force mainly made up of Kurdish fighters, Turkey ramped up the rhetoric and has now matched it with on-the-ground action. There is an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Kurdish fighters in the Afrin district, the Turkish prime minister said.

But these were the first reports from on the ground that the operation had begun in earnest.

A Reuters reporter at the Oncupinar gate on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, could hear the boom of outgoing artillery, with one being fired roughly every three minutes.

Turkish artillery and warplanes pounded YPG sites around Afrin and 153 targets, including YPG refuges and weapons stores have been hit, according to the army. The YPG has said Turkey's strikes killed eight civilians and three of its fighters and wounded 13 civilians.

The operation is Turkey's second major incursion into Syria during the seven-year civil war after the August 2016-March 2017 Euphrates Shield campaign in an area to the east of Afrin, against both the YPG and IS.

The regime has spoken out against the YPG's autonomous rule but has also lambasted Turkey's operations in Syria.

Mattis said Turkey's military informed Washington of its air operation in a phone call to high levels of the USA military.


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