Turkish FM: Afrin operation to be completed by May

Turkish FM: Afrin operation to be completed by May

"We can enter Afrin at any moment, God willing", Erdogan told his ruling AKP party in Ankara, a day after Turkish forces took control of the town of Jandairis west of Afrin.

The assault on Afrin is part of Operation Olive Branch, a Turkish military offensive to oust Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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

Turkey's state-run news agency said meanwhile that Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces had entered the town of Jinderes, in the enclave's southwest, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces. "We are in Afrin today, we will be in Manbij tomorrow".

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation, which was launched to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin, aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

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"We have established working groups for that", Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit on Friday.

Turkish officials often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish air forces regularly strike weapon depots and hideouts used by PKK in northern Iraq, where the group uses as a base for years.

Turkey invaded Afrin in January, and says the intention is to attack Manbij next.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.

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