WORLD Turkey's Erdogan says hopes Syria's Afrin town to be captured by Wednesday evening

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Turkey's Erdogan says hopes Syria's Afrin town to be captured by Wednesday evening

Reuters

01:49, March 15, 2018

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Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Maryamayn in eastern Afrin, Syria March 11, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

President Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped Turkey’s military and its rebel allies would completely capture the northern Syrian town of Afrin by Wednesday evening, a day after the armed forces said it had encircled the town.

Speaking to local administrators in Ankara, Erdogan also said civilians in Afrin town were being evacuated in cars through a special corridor, as Turkish forces made substantial advances against Kurdish fighters in their nearly two-month-old offensive.

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