Turkish soldiers martyred in explosion in Afrin

Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army are deployed in Afrin Syria

Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army are deployed in Afrin Syria

Turkey first launched its military operation in Syria in 2016, and Erdogan has repeatedly said it will not allow a "terror corridor" along its border - a reference to territories controlled by the Kurdish forces, which Turkey views as terrorists due to their links to Kurdish insurgents fighting inside Turkey.

Dug by terrorists in the hills around the Afrin town center, the tunnels were found by members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who were on a search operation in the area.

Turkey said on Monday that its troops had discovered caches of USA arms left behind by YPG fighters fleeing Afrin.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear terrorist groups from Afrin in northwestern Syria amid growing threats from the region.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry described the current situation as an "occupation" of Afrin and said in a statement that the Turkish military operation has violated civilians' rights and forced them to flee the city. "We have repeatedly expressed our serious concern to Turkish officials regarding the situation in Afrin", she said.

Nauert also warned that the fighting has distracted from the battle against IS, which she said had begun "reconstituting in some areas".

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier that Turkish and Iraqi armies would carry out a joint offensive against the PKK bases in northern Iraq, probably after Iraqi elections set for May 12.

"If you are going to handle this, you do it", Erdogan said in remarks directed at Iraq. "One night, we could suddenly enter Sinjar".

But, while American special forces continue to support the SDF east of the Euphrates river, they have not come to their aid in Afrin, a pocket of autonomous Kurdish-led rule west of the river. The letters called on Ankara to "immediately" pull out its troops from the northwestern Syrian city. The European Union's top diplomat also criticized the Turkish military offensive in Afrin, calling on Ankara to work to halt the fighting in Syria.

According to Kinik, following the decision for a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire for Syria by the United Nations, Syria's Arab Red Crescent informed Turkey through the UN that it wants to transport 29 trucks of humanitarian assistance to Afrin city.

On that occasion Ankara claimed that its military operation was aimed at pushing Daesh (IS) terrorists from its border with Syria and to stop the Kurdish militants' advances.

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