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Speaking further, the Turkish head pointed out that the center of the Syrian city of Afrin was surrounded, adding that the Turkish forces were ready to enter it at any moment.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly vows to "clean the region from this trouble completely", signaling that the offensive against PKK and the affiliated group will not remain merely with the operation in Afrin.

The foreign minister said "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria's Afrin against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) group may end by May.

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Ankara has been staging an assault on the Kurdish Afrin region where unlike the eastern part of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) there is no United States military presence.

"Those who directed Daesh against us yesterday, are today doing the same thing with the Syrian branches of the PKK, the PYD and YPG". We are there only to clear the area of terrorists.

Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Friday liberated four villages in Syria's northwestern Afrin.

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Last month, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Ankara's attack on Afrin was distracting the Kurds from defeating the remaining pockets of IS.

"Jarabulus was 2,000 square-kilometers and we cleared it".

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defence rights under the UN charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said. He predicted the invasion of Afrin, in northern Syria, would be completed by then.

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