Over 1641 'neutralized' so far in Afrin operation: Turkish military

Over 1641 'neutralized' so far in Afrin operation: Turkish military

The note details that both had fought in Raqa and Deir al Zur, which were main bastions of ISIS in norastern Syria and that, after start of Turkish offensive against canton of Afrin, "came to this region with many or worldwide friends by Inici Ativa own".

Syrian state television channel Ikhbariya said on Monday that pro-Syrian government forces are set to enter Afrin region soon.

The Syrian Kurdish forces and monitoring group claimed that Turkey has carried out a chemical gas attack in Syria's Afrin region."Turkey did not use any kind of chemical weapons, it's just an unsubstantiated story", Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at the security conference in Munich.

"We can cooperate with any side that lends us a helping hand in light of the barbaric crimes and worldwide silence", Jia Kurd said.

Russian diplomatic sources said earlier Moscow wanted the Syrian regime forces to deploy in Afrin to stop the Turkish offensive.

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Jia Kurd said the agreement with Damascus on Afrin was purely military and included no wider political arrangements.

Since the beginning of the Operation Olive Branch, 1,641 terrorists have been killed in Syria's Afrin district, the Turkish General Staff said in a message February 19.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish military, alongside elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militants from Afrin.

As the Turkish news agency reads, by the phrase "terror group" Onhon means the PKK and its Syrian branches, all of which are considered of terrorist nature and are listed as such, not only by Turkey, but by the US and the European Union, too.

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