Turkey resumes Afrin operation in northern Syria

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Turkey resumes Afrin operation in northern Syria

Turkey has been targeting the US-backed militants as part of Operation Olive Branch which Ankara launched after the United States said it sought to create a force near the Turkish border in Syria.

Reportedly, the parties will discuss the Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin during the meeting. The incursion has opened a new front in Syria's multi-sided war and further strained relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington.

The air strikes destroyed 19 targets including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, the armed forces said in a statement without specifying when they were conducted.

At least three suspects were arrested in Turkey over charges of spreading terror propaganda on the social media, police sources said Thursday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency. The raids killed seven YPG forces and two civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that monitors the war. The attacks have displaced around 60,000 people, she added.

The Syrian Free Army failed to capture the town of Raju, with assistance of Turkish military.

Since the operation began, Turkish forces and the FSA have captured a total of 46 zones, including 29 villages and 13 strategic mountains and hills from the YPG.

Ankara had halted air strikes as Russian Federation worked on its air defense system after one of its warplanes were shot down by Syrian rebels in Idlib province on February 3.

The U.S. supports the Kurdish-led forces in the fight against the Islamic State group which has infuriated Turkey, which views growing Kurdish power as a security threat along its frontier.

Turkey on January 20 launched its operation into the northwestern district of Afrin to remove the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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