Turkey's Erdogan says Syria's Afrin town under siege, entry imminent

Turkey asks Sweden to detain Syrian Kurdish leader

Since the beginning of the operation, the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army have liberated 159 locations, including five town centers, 124 villages, 30 strategic areas, and one YPG/PKK base.

Later on Friday, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia denied that the Afrin town had been besieged, and said several of the regions Turkey has claimed to have taken control of were still battlegrounds.

"Now the centre of Afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent", he said.

The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army captured Jinderes town in Syria's northwestern Afrin district from People's Protection Units (YPG) militants on March 8, the Turkish army has announced, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

"We are in Afrin today, we will be in Manbij tomorrow".

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Manbij is regarded as a particularly delicate issue as the United States - unlike in Afrin - has a presence there, raising the prospect of a direct clash with Turkey. Speaking last Thursday to journalists in Ankara, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag reiterated position of his government according to which "terrorists are the same everywhere, one can not divide them into bad and good ones".

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 US and the European Union.

The operation may start after Iraq holds parliamentary polls scheduled for May, Xinhua quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

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

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