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> Turkey's purge of Kurdish fighters in Syria is not over. President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to drive his offensive east from the Syrian town of Afrin, just a day after Turkish troops and their rebel allies swept in and seized control of it. The operation has already lasted eight weeks, what Turkey's military has dubbed the quote Olive Branch Campaign.
And they plan to expand through a pocket of Kurdish controlled territory they've called a terror corridor. It's a massive area, almost the entire border between Turkey and Syria. Erdogan says that if necessary, it'll expand into Northern Iraq itself. But there's another risk at play, as Reuters Dominick Evans in Istanbul explains.
>> US soldiers, 2,000 US forces are stationed alongside the Kurdish fighters. So it's not just a bigger scale conflict. You're talking about Turkey, a NATO member, coming, potentially, into conflict with a NATO ally of the United States.>> As Erdogan's attention moves on from Afrin, aid groups move in distributing relief supplies in the town center.
But residents continue to leave. There are still reports of gun fire and some looting, said to be done by the same label fighters Turkey is supporting. The UN says more than 320,000 residents have fled the Afrin region since the Olive Branch began.