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The Turkish president's comments depict the country's increasing confidence to press its military operation against the Kurdish militants in the Afrin region to a successful conclusion after some 50 days of intense fighting.

A Syrian family of four injured in a YPG/PKK terrorist attack near Jinderes town in Syria's Afrin were brought back to their village in the region following their medical treatment at a hospital in Turkey.

"Then we will also clear Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Resulayn and Kamisli of terrorists, Erdogan added, naming other Syria cities near Turkey's borders".

Syria has slammed both Turkish and United States military activities on its soil as a violation of the Arab nation's sovereignty.

"We are advancing toward Afrin [city center]". We will be in Manbij tomorrow.

Despite the nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by the United Nations Security Council on February 24, Turkey has intensified attacks to dislodge the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG.

"We have established working groups for that", Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit on Friday. "The next day we will ensure that the east of Euphrates will be cleared of terrorists up to the Iraqi border", he said.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralised" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish air forces regularly strike weapon depots and hideouts used by PKK in northern Iraq, where the group uses as a base for years.

Erdogan questioned why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had not come to Turkey s aid in its Syria operation when Ankara had backed critical alliance campaigns worldwide. The target is to get 2,000 square kilometers under our control, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a public rally in the southern Mersin province.