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Kurdish militias and the Syrian government have reportedly reached an agreement to deploy Syrian regime troops into Afrin to help defend it against the Turkish military.
Ankara [Turkey], Jan 21 ( ANI ): Turkish jets have bombed US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria`s Afrin province in a bid to oust the fighters.
Other sources said that the newly arrived forces have imposed control over several regions in Southern Afrin.
He noted that the Turkish Armed Forces and forces of the Free Syrian Army will liberate Afrin from the terrorists.
Local sources told SANA's reporter that the Turkish forces and their affiliated terrorist groups heavily bombarded Jandires and Rajo towns in the western countryside of Afrin, causing massive destruction to houses.
Soon after the convoy of militia fighters -- waving Syrian flags and brandishing weapons -- entered Afrin, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire.
The sources further said that the village of Baslahiya and a military base also came under the control of the forces of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin region.
It was earlier reported that Turkey's Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army are four kilometers away from Afrin district center.
SANA's reporter said on Wednesday that the forces of the Turkish regime and its mercenaries bombarded and fired rockets at the residential neighborhoods of Afrin city, injuring one family, which includes the father and his four children, in al-Ashrafiyeh neighborhood.
Turkey, which regards the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin as a threat on its southern border, launched an assault on the region last month.
Photo courtesy: social media) ANKARA: Turkey's top security body, the National Security Council (MGK), on Tuesday recommended that the government deploy forces around Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin canton and in western Aleppo.