Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Turkish armed forces have reached the outskirts of the town of Afrin after a near two month-long campaign against a Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, the reliable Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.
Turkey and allied Syrian rebel groups it supports are advancing on the town from the east under intense bombardment, the United Kingdom-based Observatory said.
Ankara launched its offensive in the Afrin region on its border in January, aiming to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the PKK group that has fought a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey, something the YPG and its ally the United States has denied.
During the campaign it has managed to gain control over all the Afrin region’s border areas with Turkey, including several small towns and a large number of villages, reports Reuters news agency.
More details to follow. Image of Free Syrian Army fighters from Reuters news agency.