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Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'

Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment' Turkey besieges Afrin, ready to enter the Syrian city 'at any moment'
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2018, 22:34

"I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening".

Sealing off Afrin city would be major for Turkey's "Olive Branch" operation, launched on January 20 and aimed at ousting the YPG, a vital partner for a US-backed coalition against the Islamic State group, but seen by Ankara as "terrorists".

"We urge Russian Federation to stop creating distractions and compel the Assad regime to stop brutalizing innocent Syrian citizens and allow much-needed aid to reach the people of East Ghouta and other remote areas", Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

As it intensifies its offensive on Afrin, Ankara is seeking to get the Trump administration to order the withdrawal of YPG militants and their United States military trainers and advisors from the northern Syrian town of Manbij.

Turkey's army and allied Syrian rebel forces have surrounded the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria, the main target of Turkey's operation there.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of "terrorists", and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

The YPG denies the links and has appealled for global help to stop Turkey's advance. "Of the Turkish armed forces continue to conduct air and ground operations", - stated in the message.

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Russian Federation has taken this as a sign that the USA was planning to attack Syrian military forces as it did in April, following charges that the Syrian airforce used sarin gas in the northwestern rebel-held district of Idlib, something Russian Federation and Syria have denied.

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

Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Ghouta Media Center say the towns of Arbeen, Jesreen and Saqba were also targeted.

"We are checking the terror nests in northern Iraq at every chance". "Soon we will bring these down on the heads of the terrorists in the strongest way".

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's remarks came during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

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