Turkish president to meet with Chief of General Staff
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a meeting with Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar, Turkish media reported on March 15.
Reportedly, Erdogan's meeting with Akar will take place today. They are expected to mull the military Operation Olive Branch.
Erdogan will also today meet with Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan.
The General Staff of Turkey announced on March 13 about complete encirclement of Afrin by the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army.
On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that about 8,000-10,000 PYD/YPG terrorists are supposed to be hiding in Afrin.
Turkey began drawing its military to the Syrian border in late June 2017. The forces were being concentrated in Turkish Kilis Province bordering Syrian territory controlled by YPG/PYD.
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.
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