The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) on Wednesday announced that 63 more PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists had been neutralized in Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch launched in Syria’s northwestern Afrin, bringing the total number to 712.
Operation Olive Branch commenced on Jan. 20 in Afrin to establish security and stability, eliminate PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists, and save locals from their oppression and cruelty.
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.
The military said it is putting the "utmost importance" on not harming any civilians.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.
Cross-border attacks by the PYD/PKK terror group in southern Turkey started as the Turkish army operation in Syria’s northwestern town of Afrin continues.