Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkish capital blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

Turkish capital blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

The Free Syrian Army has been fighting alongside Turkish troops in an operation against the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG in the Syrian enclave of Afrin.

"Your concern is that the Turkish attack is targeting your Marxist comrades from the PKK", he said.

The statement said that since the beginning of the operation 13 Turkish soldiers had been martyred and 57 wounded.

"Russia actually delivered what they promised", he said.

In addition to those killed when the US-backed YPG attacked the tank, two other soldiers were killed earlier - one in the same area and one in another part of northern Syria.

Turkish forces immediately responded to attacks with Fırtına howitzers.

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The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

At another border crossing, Turkish border guards fired warning shots into the air but did not target asylum seekers directly, the witnesses said. "There is not much to go", he said.

Thousands of Kurds protested on Saturday outside the Council of Europe in Strasbourg over Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria.

About the rocket attacks carried out by the YPG/PKK militants based in Syria on Turkey, he blamed the USA and European countries for providing weapons to the terror group.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile told journalists in Istanbul that the operation was going as planned but there was no timetable for its duration and it would "continue until we clear all those areas".

But the YPG has been working closely with the United States to fight the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

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