Last month, pro-Syrian government militias entered Afrin region to back up the YPG, but their deployment did not deter Turkey despite the possibility of a wider escalation in the war, and it continued its campaign. The Syrian regime is also taking the same measures.
Speaking to supporters in the city of Mersin, Erdogan said the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels wanted to oust the YPG from all the towns they control close to the Turkish border.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch together with the FSA on January 20 to secure Afrin, which is largely held by the PKK-linked YPG.
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Meanwhile, Erdoğan also vowed that the ongoing operation is not to "occupy" Afrin but to "liberate it from terrorists" before "handing it over to the people living there".
Later on Sunday, eight more villages - Khujamanli, Savan Kabir, and Chencheylan in the northwestern Rajo district, Tallaf and Qujaman in the southwestern Jinderes district, Sulqli and Alibey in the northern Bulbul district, and Kawkabah near Afrin's center - were cleared of terrorists.
A strategic airport called Bablite, located between Jinderes and Afrin, was liberated from terrorists.
The operation took place during the weekend, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.