Foreign alumni from Turkey support Afrin op

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Afrin is separated from a much larger area held by Syrian Kurdish forces further east along the border with Turkey, including large swathes of land captured from Islamic State with support from the United States.

"To date 950 square kilometers have been taken under our control", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the 6th provincial congress of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the Black Sea province of Bolu.

Turkey has been waging "Operation Olive Branch" against Syria's Afrin region since January 20 in a bid to eliminate the YPG, which forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that enjoys U.S. support.

In mid-February, Turkey marked 66 years of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.

At the time she said that the Afrin region was "certainly within Syria".

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria. "Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate", he added.

"In fact, they would openly oppose Turkey in Syria if they could".

"The number of neutralized terrorists in Afrin has risen to 3,213".

Erdogan also stressed that Turkey's only goal in Syria was "fight against terrorism" and that it would withdraw its troops after this goal had been obtained.

Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its "aggression" against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or global approval.

Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said.

The recent UNSC resolution, which urged a 30-days Syria-wide ceasefire, has been also used to call upon Erdogan to halt their operations. The country considers the YPG a terror organization but its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the United States, backs the fighters to combat Daesh group.

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