Turkish army destroys terrorist shelters in Afrin op

Casey Dawson
February 4, 2018

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force are involved in the operation, inflicting strikes on the positions of PYD/YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border. Ankara Gov. Ercan Topaca said three people had sustained light injuries from flying debris at the scene of Thursday's explosion.

On January 20, Ankara launched a campaign in Afrin against the Kurdish militia of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), described as a terror group by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey, but allied with the United States in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Friday's deaths raised to six the death toll from rocket attacks on the two towns since then.

The attack on the tank, details of which were not disclosed, was also the single deadliest attack on the military of the offensive so far.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting is concentrated in the village of Bilbleh, adding that Turkish warplanes are conducting airstrikes in the region.

A previous statement said one serviceman was killed and another wounded in that attack.

To the east, Syrian troops and their allies captured the village of Tel Alloush, bringing them closer to the rebel stronghold of Saraqeb, according to the Observatory and the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media. The highway passes through Saraqeb. Of those, 13 said that Turkish border guards shot at them and other asylum seekers as they tried to flee Syria. Turkey said the operation, with the help of the Free Syrian Army, aims to clear Syrian territories of all terrorist groups and create a safe environment to facilitate the permanent return of Syrian refugees to their country.

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