Three Turkish soldiers killed clearing bombs in Syria's Afrin
25 March, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Residents of Afrin welcomed Turkish soldiers with cheers while Turkish soldiers also offered them chocolate and Turkish delight.
He added that Turkey will restore peace in Afrin soon.
In a telephone call with Erdogan, US President Donald Trump urges Turkey "to de-escalate, limit its military actions" and "avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces", according to the White House. Those areas are controlled by US -backed Syrian Kurdish forces, and USA troops are stationed there.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear all terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria amid growing threats posed from the region.
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FSA fighters, backed by Turkey's special forces and heavy weapons, captured the centre of Afrin on Sunday after the YPG, which controlled the city, pulled out. The letter further said, "As part of the crimes committed by the Turkish army forces, including the ethnic cleansing policy, the properties of the citizens have been looted, their homes destroyed and many of them were detained". The European Union's top diplomat also criticized the Turkish military offensive in Afrin, calling on Ankara to work to halt the fighting in Syria.
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According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), over 280 civilians have lost their lives since the beginning of the offensive.
"The takeover of Afrin is a triumph for Erdogan domestically but it comes at very high cost for Turkey's worldwide image and its relationship with key partners", Wolfango Piccoli, co-founder of Teneo Intelligence in London, said in an email on Tuesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
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