Turkey's Erdogan pledges to go beyond Syria's Afrin

(MENAFN) On Friday, after Turkish troops and its allies invaded the Afrin city in northwestern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to move militarily against other Syrian towns.

"Our job will not end in Afrin. We have Idlib and Manbij next," Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul.

The Turkish military has established several observation posts in Idlib province under a deal with Russia and Iran aimed at ending clashes in Syria, while the United States vowed on Thursday not to leave Manbij, a town under the control of Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units (YPG) with a U.S. military presence.

Turkey began its operation in the Afrin region on Jan. 20 and declared that it had taken the town of Afrin on Mar. 18. It says that it has killed over 3,700 fighters in the region over the course of the offensive, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates the true figure to be around 1,500.



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