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Syrian rebels withdraw city of Afrin within

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ISTANBUL – Syrian rebels on Sunday with the support of Turkish troops, shortly before sunrise, the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria entered. They have the control over parts of it inherited after the Kurdish YPG forces had retreated, said a spokesman of the rebellenstrijders of the Free Syrian Army.

According to the spokesman experienced the fighters no opposition. It is a crucial moment in the two-month Turkish campaign to by the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters from the border area to expel.

Control

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said that the center of Afrin now “fully under control” and that Turkish flags are hoisted in the northern Syrian city.

More than 150,000 people in the recent days in Afrin by the Turkish offensive of their homes, said a Kurdish official on Saturday.

Kurds

Turkey wants the YPG, that large parts of the north of Syria, governed, reducing. Turkey considers the YPG as an extension of the terrorist movement PKK. The US support the Kurdish fighters in connection with the fight against the Islamic State.

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