Units of the Turkish Ground Forces entered Syria’s Afrin area at 11:05 AM Sunday, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has announced, according to the Turksih media. Ground units crossed the border from Turkey’s Kilis.
“The operation will have four stages, there will be a 30-kilometer buffer zone,” Yıldırım said commenting the development.
Meanwhile, members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army attacked positions of YPG/YPJ militias in the same area.
On Saturday, the Turkish Armed Forces officially announced the start of “Operation Olive Branch” to combat what Ankara calls “terrorism” in the area.
Turkish forces shell YPG positions:
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