Turkish Armed Forces free seven more settlements in Syria's Afrin

Türkiye Materials 17 March 2018 14:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

The Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army have liberated seven settlements as part of the Operation Olive Branch on March 17, Turkish media reported referring to military sources.

Thus, the number of the liberated settlements in Syria's Afrin region reached 261.

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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