Turkey liquidates over 1000 terrorists during operation in Afrin - General Staff

Turkey liquidates over 1000 terrorists during operation in Afrin - General Staff

Turkey liquidates over 1000 terrorists during operation in Afrin - General Staff

At least 1,028 People's Protection Units (YPG) militants have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Turkey's "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria's Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said on February 8.

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The Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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Seven YPG fighter and two civilians were killed in the strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based group that monitors the war in Syria.

Reportedly, the parties will discuss the Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin during the meeting.

The Turkish General Staff has said the Afrin operation was aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protecting the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

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Turkish forces were deployed in the Tall Tukan town of the Abu Zuhur province, in the southeastern Idlib de-escalation zone. The attacks have displaced around 60,000 people, she added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Thursday and agreed to strengthen military and security service coordination in Syria, according to the Kremlin.

Turkey on January 20 launched "Operation Olive Branch" into Afrin to remove the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group for its links to the PKK.

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