A Turkish tank deployed near Afrin, 16 March. © Xinhua

Turkey claims that Free Syrian Army forces have taken control of the center of Afrin town in northern Syria.

The Turkish president announces the domination by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) of the center of Afrin in the north of Syria.

“Free Syrian Army units, supported by the Turkish Armed Forces, have taken control of the Afrin center this morning, Turkey’s flag is now flown over there,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed. a ceremony commemorating the Battle of the Dardanelles, during the First World War, quoted by AFP.

For his part, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), close to the opposition), Rami Abdel Rahman said that Turkish forces and elements of the ASL have taken control of some neighborhoods of Afrin, but that fighting is still going on between them and the Kurdish forces of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units.

Turkey has launched its military olive branch operation against Afrin in northern Syria under the pretext of eliminating terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and other Kurdish allied groups it considered terrorists, while the United States, its long-time ally, supported the Kurdish forces politically as well as militarily in the north, north-east, and east of Syria.

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