Ankara acknowledges first combat death in Afrin, Kurdish enclave south of Turkish border
Turkey has acknowledged its first combat death in a military offensive against the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Afrin in neighbouring Syria that was launched over the weekend.
The military said in a statement the soldier had been killed in clashes with Kurdish militiamen just south of the Turkish border .
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with wide contacts inside Syria, said 24 civilians had died after three days of intense shelling and airstrikes, as well as 25 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkey and 26 Kurdish fighters.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on Saturday. The enclave is controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara says is the Syrian arm of a terror group that has fought a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey. The provision of arms to the PYD by the US coalition fighting Isis has incensed the Turkish government.
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