Turkish soldiers killed, 11 injured in Afrin

Turkish soldiers killed, 11 injured in Afrin

Turkish soldiers killed, 11 injured in Afrin

Russia, along with Iran, has offered military and diplomatic support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in its almost seven-year civil war and has opposed any moves that could potentially weaken his position.

"As we were pulling out the children and the dead from under the rubble, they targeted us with five rockets - directly targeting us", said Hafi, 24.

Meanwhile, Turkish officials said the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Istanbul to discuss peace efforts for Syria. It added that the group's partners say 45 schools in eastern Ghouta have been attacked this year, with 11 destroyed.

Moscow has repeatedly blocked action in the council that would put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The doctor in Eastern Ghouta listed the casualties of a bloody day.

The YPG said that the Turkish army also targeted a cattle slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Afrin, causing heavy damage to the building and killing hundreds of sheep.

"Now they are saying that they will keep their presence till they make sure a steady process of a political settlement in Syria starts, which will result in regime change", the minister said during a conference in Sochi, stressing that the U.S. has "plans of virtual division of Syria". "But, we haven't so far walked with those taking that path with the permission of terror organisations, and we will not walk with them in the future", he added.

Eastern Ghouta is home to an estimated 400,000 people who have lived under crippling government siege since 2013.

At least two civilians were killed in retaliatory rebel mortar fire on government-controlled areas of Damascus, according to state news agency SANA.


The YPG - trained, armed and supported by the USA to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - controls a swath of land in northern Syria.

Gen. H.R. McMaster met with senior Turkish officials Sunday to reaffirm the long-standing partnership between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, as Ankara continues to issue thinly-veiled threats against US forces in northern Syria.

With its current policy, Ford says sanctions that hinder Russia's military might be the best US option.

It accused the United States of trying to set up permanent bases in Syria under the cover of fighting terrorism.

Gen. McMaster's visit comes less than a week after President Erdogan called upon Washington to withdraw its cadre of usa military advisers from Manbij, or risk attack from Turkish counterterrorism forces.

One chopper belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces was "shot down" during Turkey's "Operation Olive Branch", Erdoğan said on February 10, speaking in Istanbul.

The death toll rose after the bombing of a market in the village of Arbin, where airstrikes killed 27, including 10 children and three women, the monitor said. She says the goal is to allow humanitarian aid and medical care to flow to more than 700 civilians in eastern Ghouta. "That is not realistic", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters.

Nebenzia told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that he reminded the council that the coalition wasn't invited into Syria, and Russian Federation sees that its fight against "international terrorism" is going "beyond that".

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