Erdogan: 2,872 terrorists 'neutralized' in Afrin op
A total of 2,872 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
“So far, 700 square meters of area have been freed from terrorists,” Erdogan said addressing a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday.
The president added that 41 Turkish soldiers have been martyred since the start of the operation in Afrin.
“In addition, 159 fighters of Free Syrian Army have been killed since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch,” Erdogan noted.
According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
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