President Erdogan says Turkish military operation in Afrin about to end

President Erdogan says Turkish military operation in Afrin about to end

The attack on the tank, details of which were not disclosed, was also the single deadliest attack on the military of the offensive so far.

The Turkish army has used all its military capabilities and weapons, including the prohibited ones, but failed to advance into Afrin, the SDF said in a statement.

The statement said that since the beginning of the operation 13 Turkish soldiers had been martyred and 57 wounded.

In retaliation, Turkish war planes carried out air strikes on the area from where the attack was carried out, destroying shelters and munitions dumps, it added.

Kilis Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan said three rockets had landed in the border province of Kilis on January 2, injuring three civilians; one of them is in critical condition.

The Turkish forces also gained control of Mount Barsia.

During the conversation, Erdogan said Turkey does not have any design on any country's territory and added the operation was aimed at clearing PYD/PKK, YPG and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

On Friday, at least two people were reportedly killed and 19 injured in attacks on Turkish towns near the border with Syria. "There is not much to go", he said. Turkey considers the YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. But the group said, "Turkey's generous hosting of large numbers of Syrians does not absolve it of its responsibility to help those seeking protection at its borders".

But the YPG has been working closely with the United States to fight the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

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