On January 20, in collaboration with the Free Syrian Army Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch in order to clear the PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its right of self-defense under the UN Charter and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity.
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 the operation.
In addition, it was announced that the Free Syrian Army and the Turkish Armed Forces liberated three more villages from the control of terrorists in Afrin.
According to reports made by Anadolu Agency, the villages of Ikidam, Shaltah and Marsawiyah in Afrin have been cleared of terrorists.