Afrin: Turkey’s military and its Syrian rebel allies have taken full control of northwest Syria’s Afrin region, a Turkish army source said on Saturday, as aid workers distributed food to people in the area
Anadolu news agency said the Turkish military was continuing its sweep for mines and explosives to allow Afrin’s resident’s to return, following airstrikes and clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces
Journalists on a press tour organised by the Turkish government on Saturday passed through the north-western town of Jinderes en route to central Afrin.
Jinderes, captured by Turkey and allied Syrian opposition fighters, was the scene of heavy street clashes earlier in March. The AP saw a widely destroyed and empty town.
Turkey launched a ground and air offensive on Jan 20 codenamed Olive Branch to oust the main Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from Afrin. Turkey considers the YPG a terror group and an extension of Kurdish rebels waging an insurgency within its own borders.
Syrian Kurdish officials and the country’s state media said the Turkish offensive displaced more than 200,000 people from their homes. In Afrin’s town centre, captured Sunday, allied Syrian forces patrolled the streets as Turkish tanks and armoured personnel carriers drove past