Turkish forces capture Afrin

On the third day of an offensive to drive out Kurdish fighters, Turkish armed forces have seized a number of villages in north-western Syria.

Turkish military personnel along with Syrian rebels have taken control of several areas in Afrin on Monday.

Following meetings with Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not back down from the original plan to oust Kurdish fighters from Afrin.

Turkish government deems the Kurdish YPG militia group as a terrorist organization, whom they accuse of disrupting stability in the region.

“We are determined, Afrin will be sorted out, we will take no step back,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Erdogan also claimed that Turkey has reached an agreement with Russia on this particular subject.

Ankara believes the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for Kurdish independence from Turkey for three decades.

The YPG is a crucial part of a United States-led coalition fighting Daesh (IS) in Syria and has denied any direct links with PKK in Turkey.

Thus far, Turkey has condemned the US for supporting and supplying the YPG with arms.

Conflict of interest between the two NATO members will jeopardize the peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict.

More details to follow. Image 1 of Turkish army capturing Afrin from Reuters.

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