By Adam Khako, Burak Karacaoglu
The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday liberated five more villages from YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists and took control of Rajo’s town center during Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.
The villages of Ramadiyah and Hamelika of Jinderes district located southwest of Afrin were liberated, Anadolu Agency correspondents on the field reported.
Clashes continue at Rajo’s town
Rajo, located in
Later on Saturday, Ali Bazan, Qariqin, and
The joint forces now have control over part of the road linked to the Sharan town center that extends to the north.
Since Feb. 26, a crescent-shaped corridor, stretching along northwestern Idlib province and Aleppo province’s Azaz district, has cut terrorists’ connection with Turkey’s border.
Since the launch of the operation on Jan. 20, Turkish military and the FSA liberated 126 locations including two district centers, 96 villages, 21 strategic mountains and hills and one YPG/PKK base.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.