January 22, 2018 / 11:57 AM / in 4 months

Turkey's Erdogan says has deal with Russia, will not step back from Afrin operation

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey had an agreement with Russia regarding its military operation against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin region and that Ankara would not take a step back from the operation.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Usak, Turkey January 20, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

In a speech in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would take control of Afrin, as it had done in the Syrian towns of Jarablus, al-Rai and al-Bab, and that Syrians would be able to return home.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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