Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech that the military helicopter had been shot down, without saying who was responsible but vowing they would pay a "heavier price".

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.

Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013.

"Our security forces are engaging in a great fight".

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff added five other Turkish soldiers were also injured in the operation.

During an exclusive interview with Kurdistan 24 in an undisclosed military headquarters in Afrin, YPG's Brusk Hasaka stated that Ankara's hopes to invade the Kurdish region swiftly failed as his fighters put up what he described as "the resistance of our time" in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).


"One is that we don't get approvals to actually go but even if we got approvals, there just is too much fighting going on", he said, pointing to hostilities in Idlib, Eastern Ghouta, and Afrin.

"This has created a humanitarian crisis, because the capacities of the region are not enough to meet the needs of this massive displacement", she told a news conference.

The air strikes destroyed 19 targets including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, the Turkish armed forces said in a statement without specifying when the raids were conducted.

Syria's official state-run news agency SANA confirmed the deaths Thursday and labeled the strike an "aggression" and "new massacre".

The Turkish army, which launched an air and ground offensive into the Afrin region on January 20, said it had conducted further air strikes on Kurdish fighters there.

As Turkey's military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week, a parallel public relations battle has raged on airwaves and social media, with varying messages tailored to Armenian and Azerbaijani audiences.

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