Turkey Surrounds North Syrian City of Afrin

Turkish forces ‘surround’ Syrian Kurdish city

Speaking during a weekly meeting with local headmen at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Erdoğan noted that civilians are being led out through a special corridor, despite obstructions by YPG militants aiming to use them as human shields to prevent Turkish air and artillery strikes.

Turkish forces have besieged the northern Syrian city of Afrin as part of 'Operation Olive Branch.' Turkey's president said they're ready to enter 'at any moment'.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he hoped the northern Syrian town of Afrin would "fall by evening" to Turkish forces and rebel allies.

Erdogan has declared his intention of ethnically cleansing Afrin, with the aim of transforming the overwhelming Kurdish majority into a 35 per cent minority.

The YPG denies the links and has appealled for global help to stop Turkey's advance.

Pro-Turkish forces have seized several border areas and have nearly fully encircled the city of Afrin. Turkey considers the YPG a serious threat to its security, while the USA has relied on the group in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

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"In no circumstances does it justify military operations that put civilian populations in danger", he added, branding the situation in Afrin "critical".

- Pro-Kurdish demonstrators protesting against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria have clashed with police outside the US embassy in Paris.

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

"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".

Thousands of people had started to flee Afrin on Monday as the Turkish troops got closer to the town, heading toward nearby government-controlled areas.

But Turkey, a USA ally and fellow NATO Western military alliance member, has objected to Washington's support for Kurdish militias, which Ankara accused of harboring ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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