Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military is withdrawing from the Afrin region in northwest Aleppo after securing the area, the Spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, said on Monday, as reported by Arti Gerçek.

‘’We are leaving Afrin to the people of Afrin,’’ Aksoy reportedly told reporters at a press conference.

Aksoy then told the reporters that the Turkish military will handover the Afrin region to the local police forces.

He also added that Turkey will not be withdrawing immediately, but gradually over time.

‘’Turkey will continue to stay here for a while,’’ he added.

The Turkish military played a major role in the rebel capture of the Afrin region, which began on January 20th.

This offensive forced the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw from the Afrin region, while also displacing thousands of residents.

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Well let’s hope so, followed by an Afrin Falcons car bomb campaign to take out the “local council” and “local police” (i.e. Turkish al Qaeda) with no prisoners taken.

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Yeh, ”local police forces” As in the Free Syrian Police Force, trained by NATO to impose sharia Law!

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I smell serious BULLSHÏT…

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Erdogan doesn’t need to have troops there anymore, there’s enough FSA and SLF troops there to take their place, and most of the Kurds are gone anyway, so they’re not really needed there at all. They are needed in northern Hama though, and the west and south of Idlib, I’m predicting they’ll all end up there, with none going east to Manbij or home to Turkey. Those Russian airstrikes have been hitting closer and closer to those Turkish OB posts lately, it mightn’t be too much longer before we see one of them burning because of it. Maybe the Turks… Read more »

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…will not be withdrawing immediately, but gradually over time…Hmmm, where have we heard that before? ‘local police forces’, BS, Turkish terrorists a more likely definition.