Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria

The number of liberated settlements in Syria's Afrin as part of the Operation Olive Branch has reached 42, the Turkish media reported February 9.

Turkey's air and ground campaign in northwest Syria - "Operation Olive Branch" - against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in Syria's multi-sided war and further strained relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington.

A Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) convoy has moved to establish a new cease-fire observation point in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria, on Friday, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground.

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Seven YPG fighter and two civilians were killed in the strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based group that monitors the war in Syria.

The Syrian Free Army failed to capture the town of Raju, with assistance of Turkish military.

A Kurdish official and top member of Afrin's civil administration, Hevi Mustafa, said the Turkish offensive had killed 160 people, including 26 children and 17 women, so far.

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Among them were Serpil Kemalbay, the co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), it said.

The Turkish raid against Washington-backed forces comes two days after the USA attacked pro-Damascus forces in the western Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, reportedly killing more than 100 of them as the fighters were engaged in an anti-Daesh operation.

The YPG is designated by Ankara as a terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.

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USA support for the Kurdish-led forces has infuriated Turkey, which views growing Kurdish power as a security threat along its frontier.

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