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Turkey: Military seizes control of Jandaris from Kurdish YPG

Afrin the last remaining town under Kurdish YPG's control after Turkey-led forces reportedly take Jandaris 20km away.

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Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels are now in control of Jandaris, a town in the Afrin district of northern Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Turkey's military alongside Free Syrian Army allies have seized control of the second most populated town in the district from Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters after capturing a hill overlooking the town a day earlier, it said.

Jandaris is about 20km away from central Afrin, the last major YPG outpost.

"The entire city of Jandaris was liberated from the secessionist gangs. The fight will continue until the whole of Afrin is cleared of them," an FSA commander who goes by the name of Abu Saleh told reporters.

Speaking in Vienna, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglus said the military operation in Syria against the Kurdish militia should end by May. 

Turkey has rejected international calls for it to suspend the Afrin assault in line with a UN ceasefire for Syria, which does not apply to ISIL, al-Qaeda and groups associated with it, or others deemed "terrorists" by the UN Security Council.

Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which launched a decades-old fight against Ankara's rule.

YPG has been an important ally to the United States in the fight against ISIL.


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