Erdogan: Turkish troops on the verge of entering Afrin

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Khaldieh village in eastern Afrin

Since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army have liberated 159 locations, including five town centers, 124 villages, 30 strategic areas, and one YPG/PKK base.

He added that a total of 3,171 terrorists have been "neutralized" in Afrin since the start of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria.

Cars and buses reportedly carrying people from across Syria's Deir ez-Zor region arrived in Afrin via the Zahra crossing on Thursday, March 8, Al-Masdar News says.

In the face of Turkish aggression, repeatedly denounced by the Damascus government to the United Nations and other global organizations, units of the pro-government Syrian People's Forces recently moved to Afrin, which forces support the YPG.

Turkish army forces and allied militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have seized control of a town in Syria's northwestern Afrin region that has been the target of a military campaign over the past weeks.

"We are in Afrin today, we will be in Manbij tomorrow. And the next day we will ensure that terrorists are cleared east of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border", he said.

Turkey sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has battled the Turkish state in an over three-decade long insurgency.

The PKK is a designated terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Turkish armed forces are besieging the Syrian Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey's president has said.

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