By Levent Tok and Adham Kako
AZAZ, Syria/ANKARA (AA) - Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Friday liberated two more villages in northwestern Syria from the control of PYD/PKK terrorists.
According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the villages of Hassan Kalkawi and Jalma near Raju town in Afrin were cleared from terrorists during ongoing Operation Olive Branch.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
Since the beginning of the operation, 65 different strategic areas have been captured from the clutches of terrorists.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and the "utmost care" is being taken to not harm civilians.