Turkey Captures North Syrian Kurdish City of Afrin

Syrian troops stand guard as civilians stand with their belongings after fleeing from fighting between the Syrian

Syrian troops stand guard as civilians stand with their belongings after fleeing from fighting between the Syrian

"Our special forces and members of the Free Syrian Army are cleaning the remains and the traps they left behind", Erdogan said.

A spokesman for the rebel fighters told Reuters they entered Afrin before dawn, meeting no resistance.

Free Syrian Army fighters allied with Turkey also pulled down a statue of Kawa, a blacksmith important in Kurdish culture and history, with pictures and video of the takedown circulating widely in a move likely to provoke ethnic hostility in Syria.

More than 40 political parties, associations and unions issued the statement just hours after the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies swept into Afrin, driving out Kurdish YPG fighters following an eight-week air and ground offensive.

Also on Sunday, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement that 3,603 terrorists were "neutralized" in Afrin while 46 soldiers were killed and another 225 injured.

Almost 200,000 people have fled the Afrin region in recent days amid heavy air strikes, entering Syrian government-held territory nearby, the Syrian Observatory said.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said. Ankara said the demand did not apply to Afrin, but its operation has faced criticism in the West. Turkish authorities see the YPG as an extension of PKK militants who have been battling for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for decades.

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"In all of Afrin's sectors, our forces will become a permanent nightmare", the statement said. The army posted video it said was filmed in the center of Afrin, showing a tank stationed under a balcony draped in the Turkish flag, with an FSA banner being waved.

The soldier called the capture a "gift" to the Turkish nation and to fallen soldiers on the anniversary of a famous First World War victory.

They called on the United Nations, European powers, Muslim countries and members of the US -led military coalition against Islamic State to "take steps to immediately avert the tragedy in Afrin and get concrete results, including withdrawal of all armed forces who entered Afrin".

Other footage showed Syrian fighters shooting in the air in celebration while shouting "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is [the] greatest".

If that happens, Turkey would control a large chunk of northern Syria from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean coast, in effect blocking the formation of a Kurdish statelet in the area, Erdurmaz said.

But a war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said clashes continued in parts of Afrin, the main town of the Afrin region which has been under Kurdish control for years.

The Turkish military denied the allegations.

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