Erdogan: Turkish Troops to Enter Afrin Town at Any Moment

TAF 3,055 terrorists 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

Turkey has battled a decades-old insurgency in its mainly Kurdish southeast and sees the Syrian Kurdish group a growing power on its southern border threatening Turkish security.

The Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels were 4 km northeast of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin city in northern Syria, a monitor group reported on Saturday.

He added that Turkey will help Afrin to rebuild and fix, including its electricity, water, education, and healthcare systems, just like it did in Jarablus, Ar-rai, Azaz and Al-Bab, after clearing these Syrian cities of Daesh terrorists during Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield.

When questioned as to what would happen if the Afrin operation did not end by May, Cavusoglu assured that Turkey was capable of conducting two campaigns simultaneously. Turkey now controls five out of seven of the settlements in the northwest Afrin region, state media said.

The Turkish president's comments depict the country's increasing confidence to press its military operation against the Kurdish militants in the Afrin region to a successful conclusion after some 50 days of intense fighting. As of now, we have Afrin encircled.

The 21-year-old said he got separated from his family after the terror group YPG/PKK fiercely occupied his hometown.

This is while United States officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group. U.S. troops remain in the city, and a Turkish invasion risks putting the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies into direct conflict with one another.

Three mechanisms were established between Ankara and Washington when Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) met in Ankara, Turkey on February 16, 2018.

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