March 12, 2018 / 6:09 PM / 12 days ago

Turkey will soon clear Syria's Afrin town of militants - government spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will soon clear the Syrian town of Afrin of militants and has already gained control of more than half the area, a government spokesman said on Monday.

Afrin city is seen from Maryamayn village after Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters were deployed in Maryamayn in eastern Afrin, Syria March 11, 2018.REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

“We have cleared an area of 1102 kilometre square from terrorists in Afrin. We will soon reach the town centre and clear it as well,” spokesman Bekir Bozdag told reporters.

Turkey launched an operation into Syria’s northwest Afrin region in January and has threatened to push further east to Manbij, where Syrian Kurdish YPG troops are stationed.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Catherine Evans

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