Turkish-backed rebels advance on Kurdish-held Syrian town

Turkey finds proof of YPG  PKK using children for terror

Turkey finds proof of YPG PKK using children for terror

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen as they advance in north of Afrin, Syria, March 8, 2018.

The foreign minister said "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria's Afrin against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) group may end by May.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's sixth provincial congress in Turkey's Mersin on Saturday, Yeni Safak reports.

The military intervention came after the USA said it would set up a 30,000-strong militant border force at Turkish doorstep.

"We are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of Afrin city centre".

Erdogan also reaffirmed his previous vows that Turkey would not limit itself to clearing the Afrin region of the YPG, saying it wanted to carry on to the town of Manbij to the east and then to the Iraqi border.

"We thank Turkish soldiers and Turkey so much", Esra told Anadolu Agency.

Turkish officials often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Erdogan noted that a total of 815 square kilometres (506 square miles) have been cleared from the terrorists so far.

Ankara says the YPG is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade insurgency in southeast Turkey.

"Now the centre of Afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent", he said.

In August 2016, Turkey began a unilateral military intervention in northern Syria, code-named Operation Euphrates Shield, sending tanks and warplanes across the border.

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