Erdogan also reaffirmed his previous vows that Turkey would not limit itself to clearing the Afrin region of the YPG, saying it wanted to carry on to the town of Manbij to the east and then to the Iraqi border.
Ankara said it might also extend its aggression further east to Manbij unless the PYD/PKK leaves the strategically located city.
The military intervention came after the U.S. said it would set up a 30,000-strong militant border force at Turkish doorstep.
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Turkey regards the YPG as a terror group and a branch of militants in Turkey who have waged an insurgency for decades. The operation, which concluded in March 2017, was meant to clear terrorists from areas of Syria bordering Turkey. "Approximately 850 square kilometers are under our control during the Afrin operation, and our aim is to clear 2,000 square kilometers from terrorists", he added.
The word "neutralised" is used to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday the operation will be completed by May.
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In the YPG/PKK attack, a pick-up truck of the members of the Syrian family - three of them children - were targeted by anti-tank guns near Jinderes town in Afrin as they were headed home in the recently liberated village of Deir Ballut.
Turkey launched the operation on January 20 to clear the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group affiliated to the PKK, from northwestern Syria.
The Turkish postal service or PTT is now serving a Syrian city liberated from terrorists in 2016 by Turkish soldiers.
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Despite the nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by the United Nations Security Council on February 24, Turkey has intensified attacks to dislodge the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG.