Turkish Army Reportedly Cuts Off Kurdish Troops From Border With Syria

© AP Photo / Mursel Coban, Depo PhotosTurkish army tank stands in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. (File)
Turkish army tank stands in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria. (File) - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish troops in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces have cut off the troops of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the borders between Turkey and Syria in the course of Ankara's ongoing military operation, local media reported Monday.

According to the Anadolu news agency, the Turkish servicemen and the FSA troops loyal to Ankara have established control over two settlements in Afrin forming a crescent around the city of Afrin separating the Turkish territory and the area controlled by the Kurdish militias.

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria June 16, 2017 - Sputnik International
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On January 20, Turkey announced the beginning of the operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish forces in Syria's northwestern Afrin district. The operation has been conducted jointly with the FSA opposition forces. Ankara considers the YPG to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey.

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Damascus has firmly condemned the operation as an assault on Syria's sovereignty. Moscow, in its turn, has urged all parties to exercise restraint and called for respect of Syria's territorial integrity.

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