Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters hold their weapons as they stand on the back of a truck in Afrin, Syria March 18, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Turkey on Monday insisted pro-Ankara forces did not plan to remain in Afrin as occupiers after they ousted Kurdish militia from the northern Syrian city.Turkey sees YPG as a Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), whose insurgency has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 1984 .Most of Afrin's 350,000 residents have fled since Turkey and the allied Syrian rebels launched an air and ground offensive on Jan. 20 to root out the YPG.Turkey brands it a terrorist group.
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