Over 40 settlements liberated in Syria's Afrin

Over 40 settlements liberated in Syria's Afrin

Kerry Wise
February 10, 2018

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and other top commanders inspected the ongoing "Operation Olive Branch" from an airborne warning and control plane, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on February 9.

At least three suspects were arrested in Turkey over charges of spreading terror propaganda on the social media, police sources said Thursday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed militants with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as well as two civilians were killed in the attacks.

The Turkish General Staff has said the Afrin operation was aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protecting the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

"This has created a humanitarian crisis, because the capacities of the region are not enough to meet the needs of this massive displacement", she told a news conference.

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The overnight attacks came after a lull in Turkish airstrikes following the shooting down of a Russian warplane elsewhere in Syria last weekend.

Turkish forces were deployed in the Tall Tukan town of the Abu Zuhur province, in the southeastern Idlib de-escalation zone.

Their territory has expanded since they joined forces with the United States to fight Islamic State militants - although Washington opposes the Kurds' autonomy plans, as does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

On Jan.20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups from Afrin. USA support for the Kurdish-led forces has infuriated Turkey, which views growing Kurdish power as a security threat along its frontier.