Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

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

On February 11, pro-opposition Syrian media reports said Turkish backed forces gained control of the village. Aside from the Turkish offensive in Afrin, the Syrian government has escalated its attacks on two of the largest and most important remaining opposition-held areas, in Idlib province in northwestern Syria and on eastern Ghouta, a region near the capital Damascus.

Some 1,141 "terrorists" had been neutralised during the operation, Erdogan said, referring to those killed but also those captured or wounded.

According to a statement by the Turkish General Staff, Akar was accompanied by Commander of the Turkish Land Forces Gen. Yasar Guler and Turkish Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Kucukakyuz.

But the state-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay, with the private Dogan news agency saying authorities were trying to reach the wreckage in the Kirikhan district.

Turkish PM says two soldiers died after their helicopter was shot down during Ankara's offensive in northern Syria.


The two discussed the long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey, the White House said in a statement. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who have been killed in the operations.

It added its military killed 39 militants.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's administration alleges that the YPG, now fighting off the Turkish army and its Islamist proxies, is a terrorist organization for holding ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). 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.

Funeral ceremonies were held for 12 killed soldiers in their hometowns as numbers of Turkish figures from the political and business community expressed their condolences.

Erdogan also said the Turkish Armed Forces "destroyed many missile depots" of the Kurdish militias they are battling in the Afrin region.

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