Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Turkey's General Staff: Nearly 900 terrorists killed in Operation Olive Branch

Turkey's General Staff: Nearly 900 terrorists killed in Operation Olive Branch

Videos seen by Al Jazeera appear to show FSA fighters standing over her body in a village near the Turkish border.

The Free Syrian Army has been fighting alongside Turkish troops in an operation against the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG in the Syrian enclave of Afrin. The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed but it corresponds to events reported by the AP.

In a statement by the Turkish General Staff it said that a total of 538 terrorist targets were also hit since the beginning of the Operation Oliven Branch.

Syrian government forces and their allies launched a push into Idlib six weeks ago, inching closer to a key highway that connects Syria's two largest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.

Since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, 897 terrorists have been killed, Turkey's General Staff said in a message February 3.

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Erdogan shared information about Operation Olive Branch and informed Macron about the cross-border rocket attacks perpetrated by the terrorist PYD/PKK oraganization on Turkey's bordering Hatay and Kilis provinces.

A total of eight Turkish soldiers and at least 24 allied Syrian opposition fighters have died so far in Ankara's offensive, which started on January 20.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile told journalists in Istanbul that the operation was going as planned but there was no timetable for its duration and it would "continue until we clear all those areas".

According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty. The YPG controls much of the territory along the border and an uninterrupted strip from Manbij to the Iraqi border.

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