2612 terrorists 'neutralized' in Syria's Afrin, military says

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The Observatory said the Turkish army was in control of about 70 per cent of the town, roughly 16 miles northwest of Afrin city.

At least 2,668 YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria, the military said on Sunday.

It estimates more than 300 fighters on all sides of the conflict have been killed since the Turkish operation launched in Afrin at the beginning of the year.

Operation Olive Branch was launched by Turkey on January 20 to remove the PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria. Bulbul and Rajo town centers were previously liberated.

Turkey has vowed retaliatory military action against the People's Protection Units (YPG) after eight Turkish troops were killed in an ambush in northern Syria's Afrin district late on March 1, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voicing determination to continue "Operation Olive Branch". They include Bafliun village and its mountain in the Sharan district, Hulilu village in Rajo, and Souuldjouk, Kora and Araendi villages in Shaykh al-Hadid district.

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Since Feb. 26, a crescent-shaped corridor, stretching along northwestern Idlib province and Aleppo province's Azaz district, has cut terrorists' connection with Turkey's border.

Turkey considers the YPG as a terror network due to its ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on the area of Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave bordering Turkey in less than 48 hours.

The Turkish government has said the recent United Nations Security Council resolution on a month-long ceasefire in Syria will have no effect on its cross-border operations.

The Observatory says more than 140 civilians have been killed in Turkish bombardment since the start of the assault, but Turkey denies the claim and says it takes the "utmost care" to avoid civilian casualties.

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