January 20, 2018 / 2:22 PM / a year ago

Turkish military operation aims to liberate Afrin: senior official

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish military operation over Syria’s Afrin region aims to liberate it from the control of Kurdish militants from the YPG and PYD groups, a senior Turkish official told Reuters.

Freeing nearby Manbij from militant control will follow the operation to Afrin, the source said, adding that the operations are aimed at re-building social and economic infrastructure in the region.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; editing by John Stonestreet

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