Erdogan: Turkish Forces to Enter Afrin At Any Moment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey launched its operation, dubbed "Olive Branch", in northern Syria almost seven weeks ago to sweep the Syrian Kurdish YPG from the Turkish border.

Turkish armed forces are besieging the Syrian Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey's president has said.

Afrin's center is surrounded. When the subject is Turkey, our enemies can become friends in a minute.

"We are in Afrin today, we will be in Manbij tomorrow".

On a visit to Ankara last month, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Turkey and the US had to solve the tensions surrounding Manbij as a "priority".

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Later on Friday, a spokesman for the YPG denied that the Afrin town had been besieged, and said several of the regions Turkey has claimed to have taken control of were still battlegrounds.

Turkey sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has battled the Turkish state in an over three-decade long insurgency.

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The US is paying salary to terrorists in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Turkish media reported March 9.

Turkey launched the operation on January 20 to clear the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group affiliated to the PKK, from northwestern Syria.

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He noted that very soon the Turkish Armed Forces will completely eliminate terrorists in Syria.

Earlier this week, five Daesh terrorists who were fighting FSA, on behalf of YPG/PKK, made startling confessions after they were captured in Shiran, 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) from Afrin.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Syria condemned the Turkish campaign as an act of aggression, which is meant to support terror outfits operating inside the conflict-plagued Arab country.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.

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However, the western part of the dam is still under YPG control, the agency reported.

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