Turkish troops are getting closer to Syria’s Afrin city center, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 3. Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Afrin is now in its third week.
Speaking at an ordinary congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the eastern province of Bitlis, Erdoğan said: “We are advancing into Afrin [city center]. We are close.”
A total of 897 YPG and ISIL militants have been “neutralized” since the operation began.
The RT reported heavy loss of live as Turkish operation gains momentum. Dozens of people have been killed and possibly hundreds more wounded since Turkey launched its air-and-ground operation against Kurdish fighters in January. Afrin Hospital’s medical staff has been dealing with a shortage of supplies as a result of the mounting casualties – the news portal reported
— RT (@RT_com) February 2, 2018
On January 20, armed with Heavy weaponry including artillery, air support and main battle tanks, Turks have invaded into the Syria’s Afrin region to destroy Kurdish terrorists, who, Ankara accuses to be hand in glove with PKK the banned Kurdish Worker’s Party in Turkey. The local, US trained and armed YPG units are able to offer little resistance to the massive armed intervention from the second largest NATO power which has been called, almost ironically, ‘Olive Branch’.