Three Turkish soldiers killed in attacks in Syria's Afrin, Turkey's Kilis

Three Turkish soldiers killed in attacks in Syria's Afrin, Turkey's Kilis

Three Turkish soldiers killed in attacks in Syria's Afrin, Turkey's Kilis

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).

The army said that one of the soldiers was killed in a clash and another on the border area, without giving further details.

"Your concern is that the Turkish attack is targeting your Marxist comrades from the PKK", he said.

On Thursday, one Turkish soldier was martyred and five others injured in a missile attack by PYD/PKK terrorists which was launched from northern Iraq toward a military base in Hakkari's border district of Cukurca.

Turkish forces immediately responded to attacks with Fırtına howitzers.

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Authorities initially said they believed the blast was a gas explosion but did not rule out the possibility of "sabotage".

Syrians attempting to flee violence and seek refuge in Turkey are facing indiscriminate fire by Turkish border guards, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. "There is not much to go", he said.

Turkey said the rockets were fired from a Kurdish enclave inside Syria.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile told journalists in Istanbul that the operation was going as planned but there was no timetable for its duration and it would "continue until we clear all those areas". Turkey considers the YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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