Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkish military, FSA liberate 8 more villages in Afrin

Turkish military, FSA liberate 8 more villages in Afrin

"We will allow leave so they will not be hurt in case (Kurdish) fighters hold out in the villages, neighbourhoods, or buildings inside Afrin", he told AFP. "I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening".

President Tayyip Erdogan's remarks about Turkey's military and its rebel allies capturing northern Syria's Afrin town refer to the completion of the town's encirclement by Wednesday evening, not its fall, a source in Erdogan's office said.

A YPG spokesman accused Erdogan of "daydreaming" in the speech.

The UN has said more than 1,000 people in Ghouta were in desperate need of being taken out of the area for medical care. Hundreds of civilians have been fleeing Syria's Kurdish-majority city of Afrin this week, as Turkey-led rebels have advanced to the outskirts of Afrin city since launching an assault on the wider Kurdish enclave of the same name on January 20.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said the Turkish army took control of the dam on Maydanki lake and a water pumping station last week.

The YPG denies the links and has appealled for worldwide help to stop Turkey's advance.

On Aug. 24, 2016, Turkish Armed Forces, with the support of the Syrian opposition, launched the Euphrates Shield Operation against the IS militants and liberated the city of Jarabulus as well as the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria.

"Since the beginning of operations in Afrin 3393 neutralized the terrorist".

The military statement made no mention of civilian casualties, and said only "terrorists and shelters, gun emplacements, weapons, tools and equipment belonging to them have been targeted during the operation".

Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave.

Since the start of its offensive, Turkey has also threatened to push its military operations to Manbij, further east, to sweep Syrian Kurdish fighters from the length of its borders.

"We are surveying the terror nests in northern Iraq at every opportunity", said Mr Erdogan. "Soon, we will stomp very strongly on the terrorists there", he said.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's remarks came during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

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