President Erdogan says Turkey can enter Afrin centre 'at any moment'

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey and Iraq could conduct a joint military operation against Kurdish rebels in Iraq.

One of the neutralized terrorists was from the senior cadre of the PKK, it added. "The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorists up to the Iraqi border", he said.

The United States, which has infuriated Turkey with its support for the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said Turkey's offensive on Afrin has diverted attention from the fight against Islamic State. "We are removing the last remaining obstacles standing before our besieging of Afrin city centre", he said, adding there was still about six kilometres (3.7 miles) to go to reach Afrin from the outskirts of Jinderes.

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces gather on the outskirts of the town of al Shadadi in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh in February 2016

Tensions between the USA and Turkey has escalated as a result of the operation, with Ankara accusing Washington of leaving pockets of Daesh militants in Syria intact to justify continued cooperation with Kurdish forces in the country.

When questioned as to what would happen if the Afrin operation did not end by May, Cavusoglu assured that Turkey was capable of conducting two campaigns simultaneously.

"To date 850 square kilometers have been taken under our control".

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The Syrian government has already condemned the Turkish offensive against Afrin, rejecting Ankara's claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.

"Now the centre of Afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent", he said.

Euphrates Shield began in August in 2016 and ended in March 2017, and cleared towns on Turkish border of ISIL militants.

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Turkey launched the operation to wipe out the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers as a terror group affiliated to the PKK, from northwestern Syria.

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