Turkish military seizes control of Jinderes town in Syria's Afrin region: Anadolu

Turkish military seizes control of Jinderes town in Syria's Afrin region: Anadolu

Turkish armed forces are besieging the Syrian Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey's president has said.

Erdogan reiterated Turkey's firm determination to advance to Manbij and other YPG-held locations east of the Euphrates River, once the operation on the Afrin enclave is completed.

Ankara said it might also extend its aggression further east to Manbij unless the PYD/PKK leaves the strategically located city.

With this progress, a total of 35 percent of the villages and towns in the countryside of Afrin have been seized by the Turkish forces, said the Britain-based watchdog group.

Nauert added that, "This is an introductory meeting where we can start to hopefully work out some of these issues".

Turkey said Thursday it could launch a cross-border military operation against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) elements in Iraq in cooperation with the Iraqi army.

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"The entire [area] is 2,000 square kilometer".

One of the neutralized terrorists was from the senior cadre of the PKK, it added.

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

Turkish public opinion in favour of the U.S. is low according to a poll published yesterday by the Centre for American Progress, which found 83 per cent of Turks view America unfavourably and 46 per cent believe the country should do more to confront it.

Operation Olive Branch is Turkey's second major military intervention in Syria during the unprecedented foreign-backed militancy that broke out in 2011.

Turkey ended its campaign in northern Syria in March 2017 but at the time did not rule out the possibility of yet another military offensive inside the Arab country.

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