Turkish Army Claims to Have Neutralized Over 2,600 Militants During Afrin Op
11:51 04.03.2018(updated 12:03 04.03.2018)
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish forces have neutralized 2,612 members of the terrorist organizations in Syrian northern district of Afrin since start of Ankara's operation in the region, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces said Sunday.
"Since the start of the Olive Branch operation a total of 2,612 members of the terrorist organizations have been neutralized," the General Staff said on Twitter.
On January 20, Ankara launched operation Olive Branch in Afrin against Kurdish militia in order to "clear" Turkey's Syrian border of the terrorist threat. Turkey considers the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, and the People's Protection Units (YPG) to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.
The Syrian government has strongly condemned the operation conducted by Turkey as an assault on the nation's sovereignty. Russia, in turn, has urged all parties to exercise restraint and called for respect of Syria's territorial integrity.
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