Afrin Civil Council: Efforts underway to discuss Turkey withdrawal, return looted property

Mar 27, 2018, 06:18
Afrin Civil Council: Efforts underway to discuss Turkey withdrawal, return looted property

Erdogan's comments came amid reports that the Turks and their Syrian rebel allies had taken "complete control" of Afrin following a two-month offensive against Kurdish YPG militia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that the Syrian city of Tal Rifaat would be the next target of Ankara's ongoing military offensive against Kurdish militants.

"W$3 e won't give these terrorist youth the right to study at these universities", he said.

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Civilians fleeing the city of Afrin in northern Syria walk at the mountainous road of al-Ahlam while heading towards the check point in az-Ziyarah, in the government-controlled part of the northern Aleppo province, on March 16, 2018.

However, US military support for the terrorist PYD/PKK group in Manbij has strained ties between Ankara and Washington and has led to fears of potential clashes on the ground between troops of the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, since there are roughly 2,000 US troops in the city.

Turkey and the United States have been trying to iron out a number of issues and the northern Syrian city of Manbij has been one of the hotly debated points of contention between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Both the U.S. and European Union consider the PKK to be a terror group. And he said "top priority" should be given to the fight against the Islamic State "which is for France a national security issue".

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In the statement on Saturday, the Elysee said that Macron called on "all the actors engaged on the ground to respect without any further delay the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria and to build a durable political solution".

Turkish Army has said efforts are underway to help civilians return home in a secure manner.

Afterward, the Turkish military began security sweeps for mines, improvised explosive devices, and terrorist hideouts to wipe out any traces of terrorism so residents can resume their normal lives.

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