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Turkish army shares 1st video from Afrin town center

Turkish soldier waves national flag in video

18.03.2018
Turkish army shares 1st video from Afrin town center

By Sarp Ozer

ANKARA

The Turkish military shared the first video from Afrin after taking complete control of its town center.

The General Staff on its Twitter account posted a video captioned: "The first pictures from Afrin".

"This is a gift for those who were martyred on March 18," said a Turkish soldier as he waved the national flag in the video.

The 103rd anniversary of March 18, 1915 is marked as a national day in Turkey, known as "Canakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day".

This poignant day of remembrance marks the cataclysmic, months-long violence of the Canakkale (Gallipoli) Campaign when Ottoman forces suffered huge losses defending Turkish shores from the invading Allies in WWI.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and 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 protect Syrians from terrorist cruelty and oppression.

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 has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming any civilians.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.

Turkish army shares 1st video from Afrin town center
The Turkish military shared the first video from Afrin after taking complete control of its town center
18.03.2018
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