ANKARA, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country’s troops have “neutralized” 3,213 terrorists since the launch of the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch in the city of Afrin, northwestern Syria, official media reported Friday.
The Turkish forces have, so far, liberated a total of 815 square kilometers of Afrin from the terrorists, Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s sixth conference in the southern Mersin province, according to Anadolu Agency.
“We are in Afrin today, tomorrow we will be in Manbij. The next day we will ensure that terrorists are cleared from the east of the Euphrates River till the Iraqi border,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish President also pledged to clear the cities of Manbij, Ayn Al-Arab, Tell Abyad, Ras Al-Ayn, and Qamishli from YPG/PKK and the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in January 20, some 42 Turkish soldiers and 116 Syrian army personnel have been killed in armed confrontations in Afrin. (end) rs.ma
Source: Kuwait News Agency