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Kurdish-led forces vow to foil Turkish campaign in Syria's Afrin
From:Xinhua  |  2018-02-03 23:41

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DAMASCUS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Saturday that it will keep fighting to thwart the Turkish-led military campaign in Afrin in northern Syria.

The Turkish army has used all its military capabilities and weapons, including the prohibited ones, but failed to advance into Afrin, the SDF said in a statement.

The intense Turkish airstrikes and shelling have killed and wounded hundreds of civilians and dozens of fighters since the operation started 14 days ago, it added.

Hundreds of Turkey-backed rebels have also been killed and wounded during the military showdown in Afrin, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, the SDF pledged to retake the areas captured by the Turkish army and its allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaida-linked groups on the outskirts of Afrin.

The Turkish military campaign against Afrin started in January, aiming to eliminate the Kurdish forces on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Despite the Turkish heavy strikes on the positions of the SDF and the Kurdish People's Protection Units, no concrete progress has yet been made except for a few towns taken by the Turkish army and its allied Syrian rebels on the border area.