Turkish military, Free Syrian Army free another village

Angelo Anderson
February 12, 2018

Turkey's military announced the death of another soldier in its operation against a syrian Kurdish militia in northern Syria, on Sunday.

In Kuwait, he will attend a meeting of the "Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS", the first gathering at this level since US-backed local forces drove the jihadist group out of its Syrian bastion Raqa, a statement said.

Sunday's announcement brings to 31 the number of Turkish soldiers killed since the operation against the Syrian Kurdish militia started on January 20 with Ankara's cross-border incursion into the enclave of Afrin. Turkey considers the YPG to be "terrorists" and claims it is linked to an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group operating within Turkey's own borders. It is commanding a joint operation with Syrian opposition forces on the ground, as well, though they have been held to limited territorial gains by the YPG.

But the regime raids picked up again on Saturday night, killing six civilians and wounding more than 50 others, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Two of them were aboard a Turkish attack helicopter that crashed while on a mission over Afrin.

Hundreds of people attended funerals this weekend for eleven soldiers killed in a single day of fighting on Saturday.

The Turkish army confirmed the crash but did not comment on a cause.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence in Syria as civilians in the war-torn country suffer through one of the most violent periods in almost seven years of conflict.

According to the United Nations, at least 277 civilians are reported to have been killed in the country between February 4th and 9th - with that number including 230 people killed in airstrikes by the Syrian government and its allies.

Five of those, including two children, were killed in the region's main town of Douma, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. In the east of the country, civilian casualties are reported in airstrikes and ground-based strikes in areas still under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) primarily in Deir-ez-Zor governorate.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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