Turkish army, FSA 'capture Jinderes town' in Syria’s Afrin
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army captured Jinderes town in Syria's northwestern Afrin district from People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants on March 8.
Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” on Jan. 20 along with elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear Afrin of the YPG.
Turkey sees the YPG as a terror group for its ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
More than 3,000 YPG militants ‘neutralized’ in Turkey’s Afrin op: Army
Some 3,055 YPG militants have been “neutralized” in Turkey’s ongoing cross-border operation in Syria’s northwestern Afrin district, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement on March 8.
“In ‘Operation Olive Branch,’ so far 112 villages, 30 critical positions, and a total of 142 spots have been taken under control,” Bekir Bozdağ, Deputy Prime Minister said on March 5.
Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on March 2 that 41 Turkish soldiers and 116 FSA militants have been killed since the start of “Operation Olive Branch.” Another 119 have been wounded, state-run Anadolu Agency reported the following day.
The army announced on March 6 that another soldier succumbed to his wounds.