Turkey urges U.S. to stop deploying Kurds in Syrian Afrin

Hospitals are struggling to save those caught up in airstrikes and shelling many of them young children in a city under siege

Hospitals are struggling to save those caught up in airstrikes and shelling many of them young children in a city under siege

Turkey is negotiating with Iraq to launch a joint operation against the PKK terrorist organization, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, Turkish media reported on March 9.

TURKEY'S PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, reaffirming his vows that Turkey would not limit itself to clearing the Afrin region of the Kurdish People's Protection Units militia.

The talks between Turkish and American officials have begun in the US capital, Washington where they are expected to discuss a number of matters of bilateral interest, Syria and Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch, in Afrin, among them.

"Now the center of Afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent", Erdogan said in televised speech in Ankara.

Turkish army forces and allied militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have seized control of a town in Syria's northwestern Afrin region that has been the target of a military campaign over the past weeks.

A woman mourns in a hospital in Afrin
Image A woman mourns one of the many children killed in the fighting

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, Maryamayn and Anab villages, located east of Afrin center, were cleared of YPG/PKK terrorists. "So hopefully, we can make some headway at that level today".

Turkey has warned that the Afrin offensive could expand to the nearby Syrian city of Manbij. "The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorists up to the Iraqi border", he said.

Talks between Turkish and the US officials have begun in Washington and several issues would be discussed, including Syria and Turkey's ongoing operation in Afrin, US state department officials said on Thursday.

Turkey sees the YPG as a terror group for its ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror group by Turkey, the USA and the European Union.

The PKK is a designated terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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