Pro-Turkish Forces Seize Major Part of Kurdish Jindires Town in Afrin

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"The police will take the standard steps in line with the law", it said.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told the broadcaster NTV that the deployment of police special forces "is in preparation for the new battle that is approaching".

Turkey on January 20 announced the beginning of the operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish forces in Syria's northwestern Afrin district.

The arrest comes as Turkey presses a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - the military wing of the PYD - in the enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. "The decision will not impact our Olive Branch the Afrin region".

PARIS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - France on Monday said that Russian Federation had to use its influence on the Syrian government to ensure it kept to a United Nations -backed nationwide ceasefire, and told Turkey the truce also applied to its operations against Kurdish militants in the Afrin region.

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The whole situation is further complicated by the fact that two Czechs - Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas are now imprisoned in Turkey where they were sentenced to six years in jail for allegedly supporting the Kurdish militia YPG. "When we look at the UN Security Council resolution, we see that fight against terror organizations is outside its scope".

The PYD is a leading Kurdish political party in northern Syria.

Ankara says the YPG and PYD are "terrorist" extensions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.

Damascus has condemned Ankara's actions as a violation of Syria's sovereignty.

Since launching its operation in the northwest Syrian region, Turkey has captured 115 "strategic points" and 87 villages, Anadolu said. Erdogan also warned that the incoming militias would "pay a heavy price".