Turkish armed forces liberate 100 settlements from terrorists in Afrin


In a statement published Friday, the army said Turkish artillery hit the 30 to 40-vehicle convoy of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, in southeastern Afrin.

Also on Friday, the YPG accused Turkish military forces of bombing a convoy of civilians crossing into Afrin to protest Turkey's offensive.

Ankara considers the YPG to be no more than the Syrian counterpart of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group which has been waging a bloody insurrection against Turkish authorities for almost 35 years.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of "terrorists", and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

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The decision comes amid reports that Afrin Kurds had reached an agreement with Damascus to sent the government forces in Afrin to counter the Turkish military operation in the region.

Halebi was covering Turkey's Operation Olive Branch launched on January 20 to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

The government forces will set up checkpoints and hoist the official Syrian flag in Sheikh Maksud, Bustan al-Basha, Enzarat, Halak, Sakan al-Shababi, Haydarieh, Shqaif and Bani Zaid, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The reporter added that the Turkish aggression claimed the lives of one civilian, injured 12 others and destroyed a number of cars, trucks and fuel tanks.