Turkey eyes to liberate Syria's Manbij from terrorists: Erdogan

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Speaking to reporters after visiting wounded soldiers in hospitals, Ahmet Demircan said three Turkish soldiers and 11 fighters from Turkey-backed FSA factions have been killed so far in clashes in northern Syria.

According to the latest data released by the Turkish military, a total of 343 "terrorists" have been eliminated since the beginning of the Olive Branch operation, which was launched on January 20.

US soldiers are now positioned in Manbij along with the Syrian Kurdish YPG, considered a terrorist organization by Turkey.

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday promised to sweep militants from the length of Turkey's Syrian border, saying that Ankara could extend its current military operation in northwest Syria all the way east to the border with Iraq.

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In reply, Turkey has said that the statement issued by White House does not accurately reflect the conversation.

Erdoğan noted that Turkey aims to secure its border and clear terrorists off the Syrian-Turkish borders, as the terrorist group has been advancing and posing a threat to Turkey's national security, which many partners turned a blind eye to.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.

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