Major ground operation in Afrin launched by Free Syrian Army

According to Mikrofonnews agency (MHA), Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters launched a comprehensive operation against terrorists in Syria’s Afrin on Sunday, hours after they entered the PYD/PKK-occupied territory as part of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” Saturday.

According to Anadolu Agency reporters on site, FSA fighters backed by Turkish military started to move towards the northern Syrian city in the early hours. The operation was being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council’s decisions and self-defense rights under the UN charter, the military officials say.

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 putting up a fight. Meanwhile The Pentagon on Saturday recognized Turkey’s security concerns about the PKK terrorist organization, its spokesman said on Saturday.

Turkish officials say no civilians will be harmed in the operation and military forces will only target terrorists. The Turkish cities of Kilis and Hatay across the Syrian border are within the firing range of the PYD/PKK group from Afrin, which sits atop a hill. The terror group has also used Amanos Mountains to penetrate from Syria into Turkey.