Feb 25 2018

Erdogan hails followers, says Afrin victory near

"We will keep going until the final terrorist is destroyed," Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a thunderous speech on Sunday, claiming that  "2,021 terrorists" were "neutralized." 

President Erdogan, during his campaign-like speech in Şanlıurfa, without mentioning the U.N. decision, indicated that the Turkish operation will continue without interruption.

"Afrin is falling," Erdogan added speaking to his followers, "conquest is near, you're waiting for a herald; soon, God willing, Afrin will be conquered."

The unanimous U.N. Security Council decision on Sunday for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, will not impact Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militia in Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday.

With the support of Damascus ally Russia, the Security Council, on Saturday, adopted a month-long ceasefire to end one of the bloodiest regime offensives of the war in Eastern Ghouta to allow for aid delivery as concerns were raised over the humanitarian situation in the rebel enclave. 

Turkey earlier urged the Security Council to declare a cease-fire. Turkey's foreign ministry said "We welcome the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in response to the worsening humanitarian situation all across Syria, in particular in Eastern Ghouta," in a statement.

But it added that Turkey "will remain resolute in fighting against the terrorist organisations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria."