Turkey says 2 soldiers killed in Afrin push

  27 January 2018    Read: 1307
Turkey says 2 soldiers killed in Afrin push

The Turkish military has said that two Turkish soldiers and two allied Syrian opposition fighters were killed in a military offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria.

The military statement published late Saturday said the men were killed in clashes with Syrian Kurdish YPG and the Islamic State group. Eleven soldiers and four Syrian fighters were injured.

Turkey has been battling the YPG, which it deems a terror organization, to clear Afrin in northern Syria of the group. 

According to the statement, 447 terrorists were neutralized since the beginning of the week-long operation codenamed Olive Branch. The figure cannot independently be verified because of access restrictions to the battleground.

In total, five Turkish soldiers have been killed since Jan. 20.

ABC news


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