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Turkish forces and FSA liberate three more villages, reach Afrin city's border

TURKISH FORCES AND FSA LIBERATE THREE MORE VILLAGES, REACH AFRIN CITYS BORDER

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army have cleared 3 more villages of the YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, reaching Afrin city's border during Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northern region.

Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Friday liberated three more strategic villages in northwestern Syria's Afrin region from the YPG/PKK terrorists.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, Hallubi Kabir, Shawarighat al-Jawz and Milkiyah villages in Afrin were cleared of terrorists during the ongoing Operation Olive Branch. Turkish troops and FSA fighters have now entered Afrin city's border.

Since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army have liberated 161 locations, including five town centers, 124 villages and 31 strategic areas.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists off Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and "utmost care" was being taken to not harm civilians.

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