Erdogan: Operation Olive Branch 'Not Occupying' Syria's Afrin

Published January 26th, 2018 - 10:58 GMT
A municipality worker walks in front of a government building in the Turkish border province of Kilis on January 24, 2018. Rockets fired from Syria killed two people and wounded 11 others on January 24 in southern Turkey on the fifth day of Ankara's offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eliminate.
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A municipality worker walks in front of a government building in the Turkish border province of Kilis on January 24, 2018. Rockets fired from Syria killed two people and wounded 11 others on January 24 in southern Turkey on the fifth day of Ankara's offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eliminate. (OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Turkey is not "occupying" Syria's Afrin with its ongoing Operation Olive Branch, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Addressing the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s provincial heads meeting in capital Ankara, Erdogan said, "We are not occupying Afrin. On the contrary, we are trying to make it a liveable place for the real owners while clearing out terrorists from there." 

Turkey on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and ISIS forces from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
Erdogan said the operation was a "clear warning" to those who did not want to understand Turkey's determination in the fight against terrorism.

He reiterated the ongoing operation was directed "purely and simply" against terrorists.

He added Turkey will clear terrorists from Syria's Manbij next.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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