Turkish army says 31 soldiers killed in Afrin offensive

The Turkish army said 31 soldiers had been killed since Ankara launched its offensive in Syria last month
Monday, 12 February 2018 17:53

Thirty-one Turkish soldiers have been killed and 143 others injured in Ankara's military operation in northern Syria, the Turkish army on Monday.

None of the injured is in life-threatening condition.

Some 1,369 YPG militants had been neutralised during the operation, the army said, referring to those killed but also those captured or wounded.

It was not immediately possible to verify this figure. 

But according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 152 YPG militants and 165 Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists have died in the operation.

The Observatory said at least 74 civilians have been killed in the operation so far.

Turkish AKP government officially declared on January 20 the launch of an offensive targeting the positions of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria. The Turkish AKP government's excuse was the threat against national interests and border security. 

The operation has been conducted jointly with the FSA terrorist group.