One Turkish soldier killed in Syria’s Afrin: Military
One Turkish soldier was killed in “Operation Olive Branch” carried out by the Turkish army in Syria’s Afrin district on Feb. 9, according to a military statement.
In the statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed 19 targets and “neutralized” 34 more People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in overnight airstrikes on Feb. 9.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Turkey on Jan. 20 launched its operation into the northwestern district of Afrin to remove the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).