January 20, 2018 / 12:20 PM / 4 months ago

Military operation in Syria's Afrin has started, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria’s Afrin has begun on the ground and another operation in nearby Manbij would follow.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 16, 2018. Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking to the members of his ruling AK Party in the western province of Kutahya, Erdogan did not specify if that meant Turkish troops had crossed the border.

Turkey’s army said earlier on Saturday it shelled Kurdish positions in Afrin on Friday and Saturday, hitting shelters and hideouts used by militants from three groups.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; editing by John Stonestreet

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