Afrin siege ring to be completed 'tonight': Erdogan

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Turkey launched its operation on January 20, saying it meant to clear the border of People's Protection Unit (YPG) fighters, whom they consider terrorists. They joined with brethren to the east to form Rojava, a self-declared Kurdish-ruled zone liberated from Islamic State by the YPG with backing from the US.

A joint Turkish and Syrian rebel attack on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin has drawn Kurdish fighters away from the US -led coalition fight against ISIS and into an alliance with Assad against Turkey.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said the Turkish army took control of the dam on Maydanki lake and a water pumping station last week.

The Turkish General Staff has said the center of Afrin has been surrounded since Monday as a result of the ongoing operations in the region and "critically important areas" have been seized.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Wednesday claimed that Syrian rebels were planning to stage a chemical attack to give the US -led coalition a pretext to strike Damascus.

Civilians evacuating from the town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta arrive at Wafideen camp in Damascus. Several dozen pro-government "popular" reinforcements have also been killed.

Hurriyet newspaper quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling Turkish reporters during a visit to Moscow that the "YPG will leave Manbij, U.S. and Turkish soldiers will joint ensure its security".

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In a disagreement that has become characteristic of USA and Russian involvement in Syria, Washington claimed that it had used a previously established de-confliction line to warn Russia of the attack.

The United Nations said that it received "disturbing reports" of civilian deaths in the north-western Syrian enclave and believes "tens of thousands" have been displaced.

The residents of the city greeted the pro-Damascus forces.

While Turkey has expressed confidence that they will gain control over Afrin, the Erdogan government has long insisted that it's only the start.

Lavrov's remarks follow a statement by the chief of the Gen.

Syrian government forces have recently captured more than half of eastern Ghouta and laid a siege on the group's stronghold of Douma.

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