President Erdogan says Turkey can enter Afrin centre 'at any moment'

President Erdogan says Turkey can enter Afrin centre 'at any moment'

President Erdogan says Turkey can enter Afrin centre 'at any moment'

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 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) miliants during Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield.

Turkish forces took over the town of Jindires in southern Afrin on Thursday, removing a major obstacle on the road to Afrin's largest urban center.

"Once we have purged the terrorists (from Afrin) we will then cleanse them from Manbij, Ayn al-Arab (Kobane), Tel-Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli", he said in televised comments. The city of Manbij, also held by the YPG, was captured from ISIS in a joint US-Kurdish offensive.

The operation's media branch on Saturday said their new push had left Afrin's eastern side "exposed" to advancing fighters.

The talks between Turkish and American officials have begun in the US capital, Washington where they are expected to discuss a number of matters of bilateral interest, Syria and Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch, in Afrin, among them. As of now, we have Afrin encircled. "The next day we will ensure that terrorists are cleared from the east of the Euphrates (River) till the Iraqi border", Erdogan said.

Erdogan also said that a total of 3,171 terrorists have been "neutralised" in Afrin since the start of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.

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The terrorist organization continues to negotiate with Iran-backed groups to get Gubar back, the sources said.

Turkey says they have ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), active in Turkey.

Turkey launched the operation on January 20 to clear the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group affiliated to the PKK, from northwestern Syria.

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

Relations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies United States and Turkey have been strained over a number of issues, notably the U.S. arming of the YPG.

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