Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkish, Free Syrian forces liberate village in W.Afrin

Turkish, Free Syrian forces liberate village in W.Afrin

The Turkish military said two soldiers were killed when their attack helicopter crashed and was destroyed.

The YPG also tried to portray itself as victorious on the battlefield, publishing dozens of recordings of its forces successfully targeting military vehicles of the Turkish forces and its allies.

The main Kurdish militia in northern Syria, known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said in a statement that airstrikes on the town and nearby villages since Thursday night wounded at least three people.

"One of our helicopters was downed just recently".

In a video posted online by the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, a helicopter is seen flying over a tree-lined hill and another helicopter is captured during its crash.

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Since then, the armed forces waged the four-phase operation of "Martyr's Right", killing hundreds of terrorists. The army also said that 30 suspected terrorists were arrested.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, the military said.

Operation Olive Branch was launched by Turkey on January 20 to remove the PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey and is blacklisted by Washington and the EU.

The position on the resolution of Syria's ally Russian Federation was not yet known. "These things will happen, we are in a war ..."

For the United States, it is yet another complication in Syria's seven-year-old war, and a reminder of how its Syrian Kurdish ally must at times make deals with Assad even as it builds military ties with the United States. We are in a war.

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"But they are hiding this from Turkey's public". But Afrin is separated from the bigger Kurdish-controlled region further east by a 100km-wide zone controlled by the Turkish military and its Syrian militia allies. "A fighting army can not rely so much on lies".

Syria has been gripped by a new and escalating round of violence in recent weeks.

Underlining that, pro-Assad forces attacked the SDF in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, drawing coalition air attacks overnight that killed more than 100 of the attackers, the coalition said. "I think that is indicative of the state of relations right", said Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group's Senior Analyst on Syria.

Turkey resumed airstrikes in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said Friday.

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