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Over 1350 terrorists neutralized in Syria operation

Over 1350 terrorists neutralized in Syria operation

As for the reason for the armed group's mobilisation to Afrin, he said is because they believe "their fellow Kurds" in Afrin to be under attack, referring to Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in the northwestern Syrian province to clear PYD/PKK elements from there. Eleven Turkish soldiers also sustained injuries in the same day.

The PKK, proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies, has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.

Turkey began drawing its military to the Syrian border from the late June, 2017.

The YPG forms the largest part of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus militant group.

Pence wrapping up Olympic visit to South Korea
The message was delivered by Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, during a meeting with Moon at Cheong Wa Dae. Pence was quoted as describing the approach as " maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on February 11 acknowledged that some members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - the U.S. -backed militant group dominated by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - had shifted to the Afrin district amid Turkey's ongoing military operation there, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on February 12.

According to the interior ministry, 474 citizens of Turkey have been arrested for making social media posts about the operation.

Turkey has been supporting Syrian rebels with ground troops and air strikes during the operation which Ankara has threatened to extend eastwards towards other YPG-held towns.

Turkey ended its campaign in northern Syria in March 2017, but at the time did not rule out the possibility of yet another act of military offensive inside the Arab country.


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