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5 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria’s Afrin: Military

4 February 2018 9:11


Turkey’s military says five Turkish soldiers have been killed by Kurdish forces from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria.

The Turkish forces were killed in a YPG attack on a tank, the military said on Saturday.

Ankara has warned that the Afrin offensive could also expand to the nearby Syrian city of Manbij.Turkey has also been assisting militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) to fight against the Kurdish fighters.

The Syrian government has condemned the “brutal Turkish aggression” against Afrin, rejecting Ankara’s claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.

Relatives of a Kurdish herder who was killed in a Turkish airstrike on their village in Syria’s Afrin region mourn on January 28, 2018. (Photo by AFP)


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