March 14, 2018 / 11:01 AM / 3 months ago

Erdogan says encirclement of Afrin to be completed Wednesday evening, not capture: source

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks about Turkey’s military and its rebel allies capturing northern Syria’s Afrin town refer to the completion of the town’s encirclement by Wednesday evening, not its fall, a source in Erdogan’s office said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

In speech, Erdogan had said he hoped Turkish forces would completely capture the town of Afrin by Wednesday evening.

“The ‘I hope Afrin will completely fall by tonight’ sentence in our president’s speech should be understood as ‘The circle of encirclement will be completed by tonight’,” the source said.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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