Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria’s Afrin in IED blast

Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria’s Afrin in IED blast

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria’s Afrin in IED blast

 

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region during a sweep and clear mission, the Turkish army said on March 27.

The Turkish General Staff said an improvised explosive device (IED) went off March 26 as Turkish troops were clearing an area taken from People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants as part of “Operation Olive Branch.”

Meanwhile, a bomb planted by YPG militants exploded inside a house in Afrin’s Ashrafieh neighborhood on the same day, killing seven members of a family, reports said.

Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” on Jan. 20 to remove YPG militants from Afrin. On March 18, the Turkish armed forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) declared full control over the district.

The Turkish military is continuing to clear mines, IEDs, and hideouts.

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