Eight Turkish Soldiers Killed in Syria, 13 Wounded
01:39, Mar 4, 2018
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"May God grant peace to our martyred soldiers in Afrin, all my condolences to their loved ones", spokesman for the Turkish presidency Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.
Shortly after, it issued a second statement in which it announced that three more soldiers had been killed as well as six wounded, without giving details of the circumstances.
Syrian activists say the Turkish air force has hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters.
Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli made the announcement in a speech delivered at Istanbul National Defense University on Friday, adding that 95 villages or hamlets had come under their control during the so-called Operation Olive Branch.
A Turkish helicopter was also reportedly struck while attempting to rescue injured soldiers and was forced to turn back.
On Monday French President Emmanuel Macron's office said he had told Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan that the United Nations demand "applied to all of Syria, including Afrin, and should be implemented everywhere and by all without any delay".
Turkey launched the offensive on January 20 to remove members of the Islamic State and the People's Protection Units militia, which it considers terrorists.
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