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Its troops, allies ring Afrin, Turkey says

Military siege sends thousands of civilians fleeing in panic out of Syrian town

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Photographs by AP/HASAN KIRMIZITAS

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters advance Tuesday in the village of Der Mismis southeast of Afrin, Syria. Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters have laid siege to Syrian Kurdish-held Afrin, the Turkish military says.

BEIRUT -- Turkey said Tuesday that its troops and allied Syrian fighters have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians under siege and marking a significant military advance in the seven-week operation.

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