Turkish troops will enter Syria's Afrin 'at any moment': President Erdogan

Turkish troops will enter Syria's Afrin 'at any moment': President Erdogan

Meanwhile, the NTV broadcaster reported that the Turkish Armed Forces had entered the central districts of Afrin together with the Free Syrian Army.

The Turkish military campaign succeeded in capturing three towns on Saturday, becoming thus in control of 221 towns and villages since the "Olive Branch" operation launched on January 20, the Observatory said.

Jarablus was liberated from Daesh terrorists by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield in September 2016.

"Then we will also clear Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Resulayn and Kamisli of terrorists", Erdoğan said, naming other Syria cities near Turkey's borders.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday vowed to expand Turkey s offensive in Syria against Kurdish militia to key border towns controlled by the group right up to the Iraqi frontier.

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"We are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of Afrin city centre".

"The operations in Afrin will continue until this swamp of terror is dried", Erdogan warned.

"We thank Turkish soldiers and Turkey so much", Esra told Anadolu Agency.

"The number of neutralized terrorists in Afrin has risen to 3,213".

"To date 850 square kilometers have been taken under our control".

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Abdel Rahman said that the advance sparked "major concerns" for tens of thousands of civilians in the town of Afrin.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Erdogan questioned why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had not come to Turkey s aid in its Syria operation when Ankara had backed critical alliance campaigns worldwide.

Erdogan said in the initial phase 2,000 square kilometres (772.2 square miles) will be taken into control.

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