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Erdogan says Turkey has ‘de-facto’ launched ground operation on Syria’s Afrin


[1/20/2018 7:48:18 AM]

AMMONNEWS - In a further escalation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara had “de-facto” already launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.

“The Afrin operation has de-facto been started on the ground,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in the city of Kutahya, without specifying further.

“This will be followed by Manbij,” he added, referring to another Kurdish-controlled Syrian town to the east.

Speaking to the members of his ruling AK Party in the western province of Kutahya, Erdogan did not specify if that meant Turkish troops had crossed the border.

Earlier, the Turkish army said it launched new strikes on Saturday against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria. The army said it shelled Kurdish positions in Afrin on Friday and Saturday, hitting shelters and hideouts used by militants from three groups.

The army said it hit in "legitimate self defense" camps and refuges used by the YPG in response to fire coming from the Afrin region controlled by the militia group, which Turkey deems to be a terror organization.

*AFP

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