World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's southeastern border areas have been cleared of terrorists, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.
"Afrin is surrounded. We have cleared all nearby border areas of terror nests," Yildirim said during ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s provincial congress in central Konya.
Yildirim said Turkish soldiers, special forces, gendarmeries, police officers, and Free Syrian Army advance "step by step" in Afrin.
"Our Turkish soldiers make history in Afrin. They also cleared Rajo [town in Afrin] of terrorists," he added.
Yildirim added Turkey will eliminate any threat against border security, territorial integrity, and security of life and property.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-ISIL terrorists from Afrin.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.Last Mod: 03 Mart 2018, 17:50