Erdogan says Syria's Afrin town under siege, entry imminent

Erdogan questions US presence in Syria

The move came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his troops and the Syrian fighters they were backing could break into the Kurdish-controlled town "at any moment".

Four kilometers separate the Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels from the northeastern rim of Afrin city and 6 km from its northern border, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Since the launch of Operation Olive Branch on January 20, the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army have liberated 157 locations, including five town centers, 122 villages, 30 strategic areas, and one YPG/PKK base.

On Tuesday, Kurdish-allied Syrian Arab militias said they are redeploying 1,700 fighters from fronts against Islamic State to the Afrin region to help fend off the Turkish offensive.

"Today we are in Afrin and tomorrow we will be in Manbij". The operation, which concluded in March 2017, was meant to clear terrorists from areas of Syria bordering Turkey.

Turkey is now engaged in a cross-border offensive in Syria to drive out Kurdish fighters it considers to be an extension of the PKK.

US armored vehicles patrol near the town of Manbij controlled by Kurdish-led forces Syria Feb. 10 2018
US armored vehicles patrol near the town of Manbij controlled by Kurdish-led forces Syria Feb. 10 2018

It has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday Turkish forces would complete the Afrin offensive by May and would carry out a joint operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Iraq with Baghdad.

The PKK has waged a decades-long armed fight against the Turkish state that has killed tens of thousands of people.

"We have reached a common understanding with the Americans on the issue of the stabilization of Manbij and other cities east of the Euphrates".

"We thank Turkish soldiers and Turkey so much", Esra told Anadolu Agency.

More news: Jaylen Browns Walks Off Court On Own Power After Scary Fall

Related News:



Most liked

3 killed, dozen injured in blast, fire in chemical factory in India
Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. Hundreds presumed the explosions, "sounding like a huge bomb", was an natural disaster , and rushed out on to the streets.

Aid reaches Syria's Ghouta amid renewed regime attacks
Damascus and Moscow accuse the insurgents of shooting at civilians to prevent them fleeing the fighting into government areas. Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman, two Islamist rebel groups, control most of the opposition-held areas of eastern Ghouta.

Rodgers: Celtic will do their talking on the pitch
We played a practice game this week and he looked very, very strong in it. He added: "We don't want to change anything before a big game".

U.S. seeks 'concrete actions' from North Korea before planned talks
Kinzinger said he's had time to talk with a few of his fellow lawmakers and they are pleased with what has happened. At the time, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the exercises would go ahead once the Paralympics concluded.

Saudi Crown Prince: Turkey part of 'triangle of evil'
Demonstrators are protesting against Britain for licensing 4.6 billion pounds of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia since 2015. The war is being led by bin Salman, also Saudi Arabia's defense minister, with the help of the United States and the UK.

BLS: Employment up 313000; unemployment rate unchanged
Still, the unemployment rate for African-Americans remains stubbornly higher than the rates for other racial and ethnic groups. The proportion of people in their prime working years ( 25 to 54 ) who are working is at its highest level since 2008.

NSE Calls For Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment
Young women take part in the Women's March against Violence as part of International Women's Day, on March 8 in Milan, Italy. The celebrations were held under the theme: " Time is now: rural and urban activists transforming women's lives ".

Nintendo Direct March 2018 - Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser's Jr's Journey
Luigi's Mansion on 3DS looks almost identically to the original, but instead will be playable on the go with the 3DS. The next title, Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey is set to release sometime next year.

India Supreme Court restores 'love jihad' marriage
However, the agency could not investigate the Hadiya's marital status, the court said , reiterating a stand it had taken earlier. The NIA, too, had said previously that Hadiya and Jahan's marriage could be classified as a case of "love jihad".

Mark Hamill to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
He has been the master of his own experience, his own life, and he is-as he always was-a quiet, sincere, honest person. Lucas also weighs in, praising the actor for his enthusiasm that was the quality he was looking for in Luke Skywalker .

Liverpool do not fear any opponents in the Champions League - Firmino
At this stage of the tournament there is no seeding and no country protection, so we could be drawn against any of the qualified teams.

Android P Developer Preview Download Available Now
The Pixel C launched around the same time and should have the same update policies, but it isn't listed on Google's update page . In order to use the Google Lens in an Android smartphone, all you need to do is to choose a picture from the Google Photos app .

Frances McDormand 'in tears' after Best Actress Oscar is stolen
This is mine", he said , before planting a kiss on the Oscar's head in a since deleted video selfie posted to his Facebook . He followed Bryant out of the party "and without any resistance from Bryant took the Oscar from him", the statement said.

Serena Williams announces details about her big comeback
As much as I'd like to tell you like "it doesn't matter how I play here", I didn't come here to lose first round 2 and 2. In November 2008, she commissioned her first school under the same name in Matooni, about 50km from the newer school.

Playa del Carmen Security Threat: US Says Avoid Mexican Resort
Economic activity and tourism in Playa del Carmen and throughout the state continues as usual, continued the statement . And last week, undetonated explosive devices were found on another boat owned by the same ferry company.