Turkish soldiers killed, 13 wounded during clash in Syria

US established up to 20 military bases in Syria's Kurdistan- Russian Security Council

On Jan 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to rid Afrin of YPG militants.

Turkish airstrikes have killed at least 14 fighters deployed by the Syrian government in support of Kurds battling Turkish-led rebels in the northwestern enclave of Afrin, a monitor said Friday.

Turkish soldiers along with Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces backed by Special Forces teams of Turkish national police and gendarmerie captured on Saturday the town center of Raju, a strategic location in Syria's Afrin district from PKK affiliated People's Protection Forces (YPG) terrorists.

A Turkish helicopter was also reportedly struck while attempting to rescue injured soldiers and was forced to turn back.

The sources added that the suspects had also insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The situation was complicated further 10 days ago following the deployment of pro-regime elements in the enclave of Afrin, with observers warning of an increased risk of collision between the forces of Ankara and Damascus.

The latest casualties bring the number of Turkish soldiers killed since the launch of "Operation Olive Branch" to at least 40.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that close to 150 civilians have been killed since the start of Turkish offensive, though Turkey has disputed such claims.

On Thursday, an aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies entered the area for the first time since the start of the operation.

Turkey forcefully rejected on Wednesday Western calls to suspend its offensive in northwest Syria, saying the United States misunderstood the extent of a U.N. ceasefire resolution and accusing France of giving "false information" on the issue.

The main aim of the Turkish forces is to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

He also pointed out that on different sides of the Euphrates River in Syria; to the east of which the land is controlled by USA backed Kurdish groups and where US troops are present, different scenarios were unfolding.

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