Turkey's Armed Forces at 4 kilometers from Syria's Afrin center

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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.

Last month, pro-Syrian government militias entered Afrin region to back up the YPG, but their deployment did not deter Turkey despite the possibility of a wider escalation in the war, and it continued its campaign.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said more than 1 million civilians face an "unknown fate" as Turkish forces neared a siege of the city.

Earlier, Anadolu state news agency reported that the town of Jinderes in south-western Afrin, where Turkish troops and their allies from the Free Syrian Army continue the operation against local Kurdish militia.

Turkey is now engaged in a cross-border offensive in Syria to drive out Kurdish fighters it considers to be an extension of the PKK. Erdogan asked. "We came in response to the calls on Afghanistan, Somalia and the Balkans, and now I am making the call, let s go to Syria". Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

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Later on Friday, a spokesman for the YPG denied that the Afrin town had been besieged, and said several of the regions Turkey has claimed to have taken control of were still battlegrounds.

On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would complete the Afrin offensive by May and carry out a joint operation with Iraq's central government against Kurds in Iraq.

Speaking in Turkey's capital Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also emphasised that Turkish troops will move on Manbij and other YPG-held areas in northern Syria after Afrin.


Euphrates Shield began in August in 2016 and ended in March 2017, and cleared towns on Turkish border of ISIL militants. "The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorists up to the Iraqi border", he said.