Turkish Military Copter Crashes in Syria, 2 Killed

Turkish FM claims US Kurdish YPG are 'Marxist atheists'

Turkey is targeting the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG in a weeks-long air and ground operation in Syria's Afrin region.

According to Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

The SDF said clashes continued late into the night around Deir Balloot, and claimed credit for downing down a * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/194884" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *Turkish helicopter near Afrin. "Two fearless members of armed forces martyred", Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, according to Anadolu.

In one of the worst incidents, a "rolling series of airstrikes" on residential areas of Duma (near the capital, Damascus) on 6 February reportedly killed at least 31 civilians, including 12 women and four children, and injured more than 100 others, including 37 children.

Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Kurdish militant group it regards as a terrorist organisation.

The Turkish army confirmed the crash but did not comment on a cause. Two of them were aboard a Turkish attack helicopter that crashed while on a mission over Afrin.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said a military helicopter was downed in southern Hatay province during the ongoing Operation Olive Branch.

"Of course, these kinds of things will happen".

"We have neutralized 1,142 terrorists, and our armed forces are achieving great successes and protecting the borders of the country", Erdogan noted.

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

In a statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed 19 YPG targets and "neutralized" 86 more militants during operations since February 10.

Yildirim earlier said Turkey had not launched its operation in Afrin to enter into a war or because it had "an eye" on another country's territory.



Latest news

Kim Cattrall to Sarah Jessica Parker: You're Not my Friend
"So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy to restore your "nice girl" persona". As The Associated Press reported, the two actresses haven't gotten along for years.

JB Hi-Fi lifts H1 profit by a third despite Amazon entrance
Overall profit of the company lifted 37.4% to $151.7 million after Christmas sales helped across its increased store network. New Zealand remains a weak spot for JB Hi-Fi, with sales dropping 0.4%, however, lifting 2.4% for The Good Guys NZ.

Trump says 'mere allegation' can shatter lives
Many , including Trump ally and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie , are demanding details on what Kelly knew when. He's the White House staff secretary who resigned after allegations emerged that he abused two ex-wives.

North Korea's Kim Jung Un invites South Korean president for summit
The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States. The invitation was delivered to Moon when the North's delegation paid a visit to him on Saturday.

Westbrook, Anthony out for Thunder vs. Grizzlies
They improved their record to 23-31 but they remain five games behind for the last playoffs berth in the Western Conference. Donovan said the late notice of not having Westbrook and Anthony in the last game threw the team's dynamic out of kilter.

Other news