Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor

A US air force cargo plane maneuvers on the runway after it landed at Incirlik Air Base on the outskirts of the city of Adana southern Turkey Friday

Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor

Speaking to supporters Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked, "Hey NATO, where are you?" and accused the alliance of double standards.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched the operation with the aim of clearing Syria's northwestern Afrin district of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists.

On Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the attacking forces had scored a fresh advance.

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The latest advancements of Turkish troops and FSA fighters brought the front line only two kilometers away from Afrin's town center. He also vowed to sweep Kurdish fighters from the length of the border.

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army clear five more villages in Syria's northwestern enclave of Afrin from the PKK-linked YPG as part of Operation Olive Branch.

. Erdogan said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return.

"Once we have purged the terrorists (from Afrin) we will then cleanse them from Manbij, Ayn al-Arab (Kobane), Tel-Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli", he said in televised comments.

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The Turkish assault in northern Syria has sparked concerns for the tens of thousands of civilians in Afrin town.

Last month, pro-Syrian government militias entered Afrin region to back up the YPG, but their deployment did not deter Turkey despite the possibility of a wider escalation in the war, and it continued its campaign.

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