- PressTV Published on Feb 26, 2018
More Turkish forces cross the Syrian border as Ankara looks to widen an offensive against Kurdish militants, despite UN calls for a ceasefire. Turkey’s deputy prime minister says special paramilitary forces have entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region. Bekir Bozdag also says the extra troops are being sent for a new battle which will see the operation move from rural parts of Afrin to residential areas. This comes despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for a nationwide ceasefire. In mid-January, Ankara launched a cross border incursion into Afrin to battle Kurdish YPG militants that it considers terrorists. Most of the larger towns in the Afrin region, including Afrin town itself, remain under the YPG’s control.