A total of 3,055 terrorists have been “neutralized” so far since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Thursday.
The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul on Thursday issued arrest warrants for 121 suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to a judicial source.
Turkish deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag confirmed that no civilians have been hurt during Operation Olive Branch.
President Erdogan stated that the Turkish army would lay siege to Afrin’s city center in the coming days.
On a statement made on Monday, the Turkish General Staff announced that a total of 1,641 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been neutralized since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch.
Speaking alongside his visiting U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson at a press conference in Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We’ve reached an understanding to normalize our relations [with the U.S.].”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Thursday to improve strained ties between the two countries following months-long tensions between Ankara and Berlin.
During their meeting, President Erdogan explicitly told Tillerson Turkey’s priorities and expectations from the U.S. on bilateral ties and regional developments.
Turkish lecturer Cemil Tekeli, who was released from a prison in Israel on Sunday, said he was stripped naked, interrogated incessantly for days and drugged during his almost one-month long torturous ordeal.
According to Cologne police, rallies by PKK-affiliated organization NAV-DEM scheduled for today (Thursday) in Cologne and Leverkusen were forbidden due to repeated violations of the law and crimes committed by members of the group in recent weeks.