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Turkish army liquidates more than 1300 terrorists during operation in Syria's Afrin

Turkish FM claims US Kurdish YPG are 'Marxist atheists' Turkish forces push into Syria as Afrin offensive enters fourth week
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 16:44

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria. Eleven Turkish soldiers also sustained injuries in the same day.

"Life may be going on for us, but there is a fire at homes of 11 martyrs", he wrote in Turkish on his official Instagram account.

The PKK, proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies, has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.

The YPG forms the largest part of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus militant group.

While the United States has given armed support to the YPG against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey says the militia is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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Turkey has been supporting Syrian rebels with ground troops and air strikes during the operation which Ankara has threatened to extend eastwards towards other YPG-held towns.

The Syrian government has already denounced the "brutal Turkish aggression" against Afrin, rejecting Ankara's claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.

The US must immediately stop supporting terrorists, instead of sending a delegation to Turkey to negotiate the Olive Branch operation, Bozdag added.

In January 2018, the Turkish military began an operation in the Kurdish-majority Afrin Canton and the Tel Rifaat Area of Shahba Canton in Northern Syria. Ankara claimed that its military campaign was aimed at pushing Daesh from Turkey's border with Syria and stopping the advance of Kurdish forces, who were themselves fighting Daesh.

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