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Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'

Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'

Earlier on Monday, Turkey's army asserted that it had taken control over half of the area under rebel control. Afrin, located in Syrian territory, has been the target of an Ankara-led offensive for seven weeks.

Mr Erdogan's boastful comment came as Turkish bombing raids killed 10 fighters loyal to the Syrian government at a checkpoint they were manning near Afrin.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from the region of Afrin, near Turkey's southern border.

Turkey - together with the Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group - launched in January an air-and-ground operation into Afrin in the northwest of Syria to vanquish the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters near its border. Their territorial grip expanded as they seized vast territory fighting Islamic State militants with US help.

Ankara is riled by United States support and arming of the Kurds, and accuses Washington of not fulfilling a promise to move the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Manbij east of the Euphrates River.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed hope that Turkey's military and its allies would completely take Syrian Kurdish-held city of Afrin by Wednesday evening.

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Hurriyet newspaper quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling Turkish reporters during a visit to Moscow that the "YPG will leave Manbij, U.S. and Turkish soldiers will joint ensure its security".

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has railed against the Syrian government's recently intensified campaign to retake the insurgent-held district of eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, accusing Syria and its Russian and Iranian allies of mounting civilian casualties.

In contrast with Erdogan's plan, the aim of the Syrian army fighting four jihadi Arab militias in eastern Ghouta is to re-establish government rule over the towns, villages and countryside east of the capital and end attacks and mortar fire into the city from this area.

The area has been under government siege since 2013, leaving hospitals too strapped to treat people properly.

While Turkey has expressed confidence that they will gain control over Afrin, the Erdogan government has long insisted that it's only the start.

Bayraqdar says: "we will stay in Ghouta and defend it".


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