Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Turkey's experiences its deadliest day in Afrin operation

Turkey's experiences its deadliest day in Afrin operation

The announcement came after Macron spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by telephone on Saturday to discuss Turkey's military operation against Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria.

The latest attack brought to seven the number of Turkish soldiers killed on Saturday in Operation Olive Branch, which Turkey launched against the YPG in Afrin last month.

Bahceli reiterated that Turkey was not an occupying state in the Afrin region of Syria.

Anticipating protests during the Turkish leader's visit, Italian authorities enforced a 24-hour ban on protests in central Rome from Sunday night to Monday.

"This is a risky moment" for Turkey and the United States, Sarhang Hamasaeed, director of Middle East programs at the Washington-based U.S. Institute of Peace, said Monday.

A total of eight Turkish soldiers and at least 24 allied Syrian opposition fighters have died so far in Ankara's offensive, which started on January 20.

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The video seems to have been recorded last Tuesday near town of Bulbul, located 30 kilometers north of Afrin, capital of Syrian district of same name, which had just been taken by Turkish forces and ir allies.

A Syrian monitoring group and the media arm of al-Qaida-linked militants are reporting intense airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in Syria's northwest. Meanwhile, the Turkish command says some 900 Kurdish fighters have been "neutralized" so far, the state news agency Anadolu reports.

Turkish forces have reportedly killed more than a hundred civilians, mutilated US-backed SDF fighters, and even indiscriminately shot at displaced civilians attempting to flee into Turkey.

Turkey views the Kurdish YPG as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a deadly, decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Syria condemned Turkish actions, mentioning that Afrin is an inseparable part of the country. Previously, Ankara complained that the American troops' embedding with Kurdish militias - regarded as terrorists in Turkey - is unacceptable for the US-Turkish alliance.

Later on Wednesday, Erdogan criticized the administration of former US President Barack Obama for failing to keep its promises to Turkey in Syria. They said they will not stay in Manbij.

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