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POST TIME: 10 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
‘Turkey can enter Afrin centre at any moment’
AFP

‘Turkey can enter Afrin centre at any moment’

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said Turkish forces and allied rebels could enter the centre of the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Afrin “at any moment”, a day after the capture of another key strategic town, reports AFP.

“Now our objective is Afrin... As of now, we have Afrin encircled. We can enter Afrin at any moment, God willing,” Erdogan told his ruling party in Ankara, a day after Turkish forces took control of the town of Jandairis west of Afrin.

“The operations in Afrin will continue until this swamp of terror is dried,” he warned. Ankara on January 20 launched operation “Olive Branch” in the Afrin region of northern Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia who control the area but Turkey regards as a terror group.

Despite encountering fierce resistance—which has seen 42 Turkish troops lose their lives—the Turkish military and its Syrian allies appear to have gained new momentum in the last weeks.

The capture of Jandairis—one of the key centres in the region other than Afrin itself—was seen by analysts as giving Ankara a clear path towards its main target.