Turkey announces time for end of military operation in Afrin

Turkish-backed fighters are seen in Afrin Syria

Turkish-backed fighters are seen in Afrin Syria

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels battling Kurdish militia in northern Syria advanced on Saturday to within just a few kilometers of the flash point town of Afrin, a war monitor said.

This is while United States officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

"We are advancing toward Afrin [city center]".

On Tuesday, Kurdish-allied Syrian Arab militias said they are redeploying 1,700 fighters from fronts against Islamic State to the Afrin region to help fend off the Turkish offensive.

Turkey has warned that the Afrin offensive could expand to the nearby Syrian city of Manbij.

Turkey has repeatedly called on the USA to stop working with the YPG.

"To date 850 square kilometers have been taken under our control". A total of 3,171 have been neutralized.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced time for completing the Olive Branch operation in the Syrian Afrin.

Despite encountering fierce resistance - which has caused the death of 42 Turkish troops - Turkey's military and its Syrian allies appear to have gained new momentum in the last weeks.

Euphrates Shield began in August in 2016 and ended in March 2017, and cleared towns on Turkish border of ISIL militants.

Ankara has launched military incursion on January 20 against Kurdish YPG fighters in Kurdish-led autonomous Afrin and declared that the military campaign will continue until all PKK related groups are cleared from Turkey's southern borders, all the way to Iraq.

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