March 18, 2018 / 8:29 AM / 8 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says Afrin town center 'under control'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the center of Afrin was “entirely under control” and Turkish flags had been raised in the northern Syrian town, a stronghold of Kurdish YPG forces.

A spokesman for Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters said earlier that the rebels had entered Afrin before dawn on Sunday, and that YPG forces had withdrawn.

Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; editing by Jason Neely

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