Nine Turkish soldiers killed in action in Syria's Afrin in one day

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A U.S airstrike killed about 100 Syrian troops after they launched an "unprovoked" attack against a military base used by American-led coalition forces battling the Islamic State in eastern Syria, the US military said.

"This is a de-escalation area, but this is some of the worst violence we've seen in what's now going on eight years of conflict", she said.

According to the Kremlin, the state heads noted the importance of continuing cooperation between Russia, Turkey and Iran to promote the Syrian peace process, and discussed trilateral contacts at various levels in the future. The civil war has killed about 400,000, displaced half the population and sent more than 5 million refugees mostly to neighboring countries. Turkey has always been one of the main allies of the anti-Assad rebels. France is among Assad's harshest critics. The raids began at midnight, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

"For the past 21 days, the Turkish army has been violating all laws related to war", Hiddo said.

"They are even afraid of our martyrs", he said, reminding of Turkish-backed rebels' mutilation of the body of a female Kurdish fighter killed in clashes.

Turkish fighter jets also destroyed 36 positions of the previous groups. Russian Federation effectively controls the skies over the northern region.

Civilian casualties continued to rise over 150, he noted, with tens of thousands of others displaced from border areas into central Afrin, a self-declared canton isolated from the rest of the de facto Kurdish autonomous region toward the east.

According to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Office, at least 277 civilians were killed last week including 230 in airstrikes by Syrian government and allied forces, the statement said. The statement, read to reporters in the town Friday, added that 60,000 people have fled their homes, leading to a humanitarian crisis.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today said a Turkish military helicopter had been shot down during Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

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.

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