Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces have captured the center of Afrin. The northern Syrian town has been the target of Ankara's two-month offensive against a Kurdish militia group it views as terrorists.
Turkey's new presidential system will officially enter into force on Monday. That will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers that no democratically elected leader of Turkey has ever had.
As regime forces take over the birthplace of the country's revolution, experts have described it as the "end of the Syrian revolution." What was once known as the "moderate opposition" has all but disappeared in Syria.
Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army fighters reportedly met little resistance upon entering Afrin. A local official has warned that Kurdish forces would start waging guerrilla warfare in the surrounding region.
Marking a major setback for Kurdish forces, Turkey has gained control of one of Afrin's largest settlements. Human rights groups have urged parties to stop indiscriminate attacks, warning of "numerous civilian deaths."
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