"The TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie, which is ironic when one considers that Turkey is using US-made warplanes to bomb a US-backed military organization which has been provided with weapons made in the US.
"As of this moment our brave Armed Forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and [Islamic State] elements in Afrin," Yildirim said.
There have been conflicting reports whether the Turkish jets used Syrian airspace to conduct their bombing campaign.
Turkey's General Staff officially declared the start of the military operation, calling it "Operation Olive Branch" according to a statement cited by Turkish newspaper Sol.