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

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

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

He said Abadi "wants to clear all terrorist organizations off the country", the minister 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.

Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria were allied with the US-led coalition, which rallied them for operations targeting the jihadist forces of the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Turkey's military has surrounded Syria's Afrin and is ready to enter the city "at any moment", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Turkey frequently launches cross-border operations into the northern Iraq in pursuit of militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who maintain bases there.

Since early 2017, both Ankara and Baghdad are in process of restoring strained ties and seeking to boost cooperation in fields of economy, defense, politics and trade.

Turkey sees the YPG as a terror group for its ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror group by Turkey, the US and the European Union.

Turkey launched its operation, dubbed "Olive Branch", in northern Syria almost seven weeks ago to sweep the Syrian Kurdish YPG from the Turkish border.

Through violent military actions, the Turkish army violates the recent resolution 2401 of the United Nations Security Council, which establishes a ceasefire in Syrian territory, according to the Damascus authorities.

Anadolu added that operations to secure the area were continuing.

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