Syrian rebel fighters take control of Afrin

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ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken “total” control of the center of Afrin, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday. Units of the Free Syrian Army took control of the town early morning yesterday, said Mr Erdogan, adding that de-mining operations were underway. More than 1,500 Kurdish fighters have been killed in a two-month assault by Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, a monitor said yesterday.

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