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Erdogan: Turkish Forces to Enter Afrin At Any Moment

TAF 3,055 terrorists 'neutralized' in Afrin operation

The talks between Turkish and American officials have begun in the USA capital, Washington where they are expected to discuss a number of matters of bilateral interest, Syria and Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch, in Afrin, among them.

A Free Syrian Army soldier rests prior to an offensive, at the newly captured Kafr Jana village, Afrin.

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels battling Kurdish militia in northern Syria advanced on Saturday to less than two kilometres from the flashpoint town of Afrin, a war monitor said.

The YPG Spokesperson dismissed Turkey's threats and stated that the Kurdish forces "are always prepared and ready to defend Afrin and surrounding regions". Erdogan presented Afrin itself as the last real obstacle to taking the Kurdish district and placing it under the control of Turkish-backed rebels. "We will defend Afrin and all the areas of Rojava from Turkey's advances".

"The forces of Erdogan's Turkish army. are 10 to 15km away from it [Afrin]", Nouri Mahmoud said.

"Then we will also clear Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Resulayn and Kamisli of terrorists, Erdogan added, naming other Syria cities near Turkey's borders".

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"Olive Branch" initially made slow progress, but the capture on Thursday of Jandairis, a major town in the Kurdish-held enclave, has given the operation a clear shot at the central town of Afrin.

The terrorist organization continues to negotiate with Iran-backed groups to get Gubar back, the sources said.

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror organisation which is responsible for over 40,000 deaths, and has carried out a violent campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years.

Relations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies United States and Turkey have been strained over a number of issues, notably the U.S. arming of the YPG.

According to Turkish officials, the primary agenda of the committee on Syria is Turkey's demand of clearing the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units' (YPG) from Manbij that lies to the west of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

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