Turkish forces push into Syria as Afrin offensive enters fourth week


They met the troops and were briefed regarding the ongoing operation.

In the region, the armies launched a joint operation in the village of Haji ─░skender in the west of Jinderes, western Afrin.

Afrin region is the area where the Turkish army along with its allied factions from the Free Syrian Army continue their Olive Branch operation, which entered its fourth week on Saturday. Ankara was angered by the fact that the main force behind the SDF is the Kurdish People's Protection units (YPG), linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish forces prepare tanks and cross over into Syria via the Hatay border.

But it comes as Syrian and Russian forces step up strikes against rebel-held enclaves, Turkey battles US-backed Kurdish forces for a foothold in the north, and US-led forces bombed pro-regime fighters attacking their local allies in the east.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and five soldiers were wounded in Afrin on February 10, an initial military statement said. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who have been killed in the operations.

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Another statement said four soldiers were killed and two more were wounded.

It added its military killed 39 militants.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the Turkish Army's one of the two ATAK helicopters on a mission in Afrin had crashed, Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier that a military helicopter was "downed" in the Afrin operation.

"Of course, all of this will happen".

"We are in a war". Calling for "urgent worldwide action" to protect civilians, Zeid also slammed what he called an "epic failure of global diplomacy" to end the seven-year-old war.

Turkish officials say they have captured almost 50 different strategic locations from the Kurdish militia known as the YPG, including hilltops, villages and a town centre.