Turkey announces preliminary end date of Olive Branch Op. in Afrin

Turkey announces preliminary end date of Olive Branch Op. in Afrin

Turkey announces preliminary end date of Olive Branch Op. in Afrin

Speaking during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart, Cavusoglu told reporters in Vienna that Ankara wants the operation to end as fast as possible so that Afrin can "quickly embrace stability and civilians can return".

Nauert added that, "This is an introductory meeting where we can start to hopefully work out some of these issues". "Today we are in Afrin and tomorrow we will be in Manbij".

It has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the USA and the European Union. "Almost 350,000 Syrian Kurds driven out by the YPG continue living in Turkey", Çavuşoğlu said in an interview with German daily Die Zeit.

Turkey has been infuriated by USA support for the YPG.

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On March 8, Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies seized control of the town of Jinderes, state media reported, giving them control of one of the largest settlements in the Afrin district.

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Erdogan said Turkey's armed forces will push on after operations in Afrin and Manbij, further east, to sweep Syrian Kurdish fighters from the length of Turkey' border with Syria.

He said once his army's "Operation Olive Branch" is completed he will give "Afrin back to its rightful owner", a phrase he has repeatedly used in his claims that the area "belongs to Arabs".

Through violent military actions, the Turkish army violates the recent resolution 2401 of the United Nations Security Council, which establishes a ceasefire in Syrian territory, according to the Damascus authorities.

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

"Then we will ensure security there and send our [displaced] brothers of Afrin back to their homes".

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