Pro-Turkey forces seize key Syria town from Kurds: monitor

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels fight Kurdish forces on the outskirts of the town of Jandairis, on March 8, 2018 in Syria's Afrin region, near the Turkish border

Jandairis (Syria) (AFP) – Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels on Thursday took control of the key northern town of Jandairis from Kurdish militia, a monitor said.

“Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels took full control of Jandairis, in the southwest of the Afrin enclave, after heavy and sustained bombardment by Turkish aviation,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said the town had suffered extensive destruction.

A local rebel commander from the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham group told an AFP reporter in Jandairis that the town was under full control.

“The entire city of Jandairis was liberated from the secessionist gangs,” said the commander, who goes by the name Abu Saleh, adding: “The fight will continue until the whole of Afrin is cleared of them.”