Turkish ground and air offensive in Afrin, code named Operation Olive Branch, enters fourth day, raising tensions between NATO allies Turkey and US.
Turkish Armed Forces capture strategic Bursaya mountain in northern Syria’s Afrin. The YPG/PKK have used the mountain previously to launch mortar shells and missiles into Kilis in Turkey and Azaz in Syria, Anadolu Agency reports.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northern region is meant to safeguard "territorial integrity of Syria, along with Turkey's national security."
Turkish Armed Forces on Sunday also created safe zones in the northern Syrian region as part of Operation Olive Branch.
Turkish Armed Forces say 153 targets, including shelters, hideouts and ammunition depots used by YPG/PKK and other terror groups, have been destroyed in Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington and Ankara have had high-level communication about the operation and Turkey had informed the US before Operation Olive Branch started.
The Turkish military began “Operation Olive Branch” on Saturday in Syria’s Afrin to eradicate the YPG that it sees as a security threat on its borders.
Turkey's main opposition the Republican People's Party’s (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) express support for the country's cross-border operation in Syria's Afrin.
Authorities say one Syrian national was killed and 46 others were injured in 11 rocket attacks launched from the YPG-controlled areas in Syria's Afrin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the operation against PYD/PKK and Daesh elements in Syria's Afrin will complete “in a very short time”.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al Jaafari and is also expected to meet Prime Minister Haider al Abadi on Sunday.
Turkey started a military operation on Saturday in Syria’s Afrin to eradicate the YPG from its borders, as it sees the terror group a threat to its national security. The diplomatic traffic began days ago, and intensified after the operation began.
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