The talks between Turkish and American officials have begun in the USA 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. "Where there are terrorists, we'll be there", he added, referring to Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey says the cross-border operation is a fight against terrorist groups and thus not covered by the cease-fire...
A day earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's military forces have besieged Afrin and are ready to enter the city "at any moment".
Erdogan reiterated Turkey's firm determination to advance to Manbij and other YPG-held locations east of the Euphrates River, once the operation on the Afrin enclave is completed. "We will take the entire area under control in the first phase and send our brothers from Afrin back to their lands", Erdogan further said, adding that the Turkish troops had already "made safe" an area extending to 815 square kilometers.
"The number of neutralized terrorists in Afrin has risen to 3,213".
Turkish public opinion in favour of the United States is low according to a poll published yesterday by the Centre for American Progress, which found 83 per cent of Turks view America unfavourably and 46 per cent believe the country should do more to confront it.
The Turkish postal service or PTT is now serving a Syrian city liberated from terrorists in 2016 by Turkish soldiers.
Ankara has launched military incursion on January 20 against Kurdish YPG fighters in Kurdish-led autonomous Afrin and declared that the military campaign will continue until all PKK related groups are cleared from Turkey's southern borders, all the way to Iraq.