18 terrorists 'neutralized' this week in Turkey, N Iraq

SDF look toward the northern town of Tabqa Syria

SDF look toward the northern town of Tabqa Syria

With this progress, a total of 35 percent of the villages and towns in the countryside of Afrin have been seized by the Turkish forces, said the Britain-based watchdog group.

Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on January 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

About Afrin, he said it is a region that is home to various cultures and peoples, including Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs.

Turkey's president has criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for not supporting his country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.

"The operations in Afrin will continue until this swamp of terror is dried", he warned.

"Today, there were also clashes around Bulbul, where they announced around 30 days ago that they captured, occupied it", he said.

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It said they had also taken control of the Afrin Dam - also known as the 17 April Dam - which stores water and provides some hydroelectric power. The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorist up to the Iraqi border.

Turkey has repeatedly called on the United States to stop working with the YPG.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday Turkish forces would complete the Afrin offensive by May and would carry out a joint operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Iraq with Baghdad.

Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces have so far liberated 850 square kilometers (328 square miles) during the Turkish-led counter-terrorist operation in Afrin, Syria, Turkey's president said on Saturday.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the death of almost 40,000 people, including women and children.

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