Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria

Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta monitor

Turkish forces prepare tanks and cross over into Syria via the Hatay border. Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan didn't mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, but hinted they were to blame.

Gen. McMaster, who led the US delegation during the two-day diplomatic visit to Turkey, "discussed the priorities and concerns of both countries ... their common strategic challenges and regional developments" with İbrahim Kalın, spokesman and special adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a White House readout of the meeting released Sunday.

Kurdish news sources said the the helicopter was shot down in Afrin's Rajo district.

The report also said 11 Turkish soldiers were killed along with 11 other fighters, the highest death toll on any single day among the Turkish allied forces since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch.

Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a decades-long armed campaign. "We're at war", Erdoğan said.

In three other statements, the army announced nine more Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 wounded Saturday, bringing the military death toll to 30 since January 20. We are in a war.

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The president also said the Turkish Armed Forces "destroyed many missile depots" of the Kurdish militias they are battling in the Afrin region.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim later told journalists that two soldiers were killed in the crash.

The Turkish military uses the term "neutralized" in reference to terrorists captured dead or alive, or those who surrender during the operations.

It was not immediately possible to verify this figure.

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, it said.

"Excuse me but no state would ignore a terror organisation growing like a tumour next to it", he said.

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

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