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

At least seven civilians have been reported killed and 18 injured between Tuesday and Friday, it said.

A U.S. military official said the US-led coalition had killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters overnight in eastern Syria. No more details were given.

At least 2 million civilians live in Idlib province, according to the United Nations human rights office, while some 350,000 people are believed to be trapped in the Eastern Ghouta area.

"Our partners are having a hard time moving around, so how can they reach vulnerable people?" the group's communications director for Syria, Joelle Bassoul, asked.

Turkey has detained hundreds of people in the past two weeks for allegedly engaging in terrorist propaganda for speaking out against the Turkish military offensive against the enclave of Afrin aimed at rooting out Syrian Kurdish militia.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty. He said engineers are trying to fix the damage. A spokesperson for Save the Children also said that schools are being hit, leaving terrified children "starved, bombed and trapped". There were no casualties.

But the opposition was having none of it, and the conference went nowhere.Now militant Islamists in northern Syria suddenly have dueling calls to jihad, says Gurcan - against Assad's forces and Russia and against the "godless" YPG.For the Russians, it's far from "mission accomplished".

The Turkish helicopter was a T129 ATAK helicopter, confirmed Yildirim. An estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2011, according to the UN.

A Turkish military source denied the claim.

Civilians also continue to flee border towns where Kurdish and Turkish forces have been clashing since January 20.

Their territory has expanded since they joined forces with the USA to fignt against ISIL.

Since February 5, President Bashar al-Assad's regime has intensified its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus, killing more than 245 civilians including dozens of children.

The Turkish government, in turn, tried to present its fight against YPG - effectively a branch of long-time enemy number one, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - as a battle against the Islamic State (IS).

Salih Muslim told Euronews Turkey's Afrin operation is about regaining lost ground.

Abdullah said that Turkey's ambitions in the area were not feasible, however, even if it defeats the Kurdish militias by military means. "There is some kind of consensus between the Syrian regime, Iran and Turkey". He denies any terror links. Muslim does not fear being abandoned by the US-led coalition.

Because the PKK has come close to taking control of northern Syria, Ankara has now made a decision to abandon its strategic alliance with the US.

The US did not lift a finger when Turkey attacked the Kurds in Afrin, however, revealing that its alliances are fragile and leaving the Kurds alone to confront the Turkish war machine. But many have moved to other parts of Syria, according to USA officials and analysts.For the Assad regime, those ISIS remnants are a mixed blessing. We will resist against this invasion, these attacks, we will resist. "A crossing was opened till they exited, and then it was closed", the commander said.

The PYD's armed affiliate, the YPG, controls swathes of northern Syria.



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