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    Turkey Starts Operation 'Olive Branch' in Syria (60)

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim declared that Turkey’s Armed Forced have launched an air operation to liquidate the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and Daesh elements in Afrin.

    The footage allegedly shows Turkish warplanes bombing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and PYD targets in the Syrian city of Afrin. The start of the operation, dubbed “Olive Branch,” was confirmed by the Turkish Armed Forces. According to the Anadolu news agency, aircraft hit a PYD observation post in Syria’s northern district of Afrin. Turkish F-16 jets have carried out strikes on six targets in Afrin, while the armed forces have launched artillery shelling from the Kilis province, bordering Syria, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported.

    READ MORE: Russia Withdraws Troops From Afrin, Voices Concern as Turkey Starts Operation

    Turkey has been threatening to launch an offensive in Afrin since last week in response to the US decision to start training a new border security force comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and led by the YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group.

    Turkey Starts Operation 'Olive Branch' in Syria (60)
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