YPG spokesperson says Turkey bogged down in Afrin

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier confirmed the downing of the helicopter, according to Turkish media.

Said that since the start of 2018, at least 11 children who attended Save the Children-supported schools, as well as one of the teachers, have been killed, the report said.

Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who have fought a guerilla war with the Turkish state since 1984.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have resumed airstrikes in the Syrian Kurdish-run enclave of Afrin after a brief lull. This came in response to a report that USA -led coalition forces had carried out a series of air and artillery strikes against pro-Assad forces, which, according to coalition sources, killed an estimated 100 fighters.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed Daesh fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib. This has enabled the PYD to take control of large swathes of northern Syria where the Kurds reside.

The Syrian army could not be reached for comment.

Two children and a woman were among the victims, the sources said. But seven years on, the war in Syria shows no signs of ending anytime soon. The militias have established self-administration and security agencies (asayish) and military forces (the Syria Democratic Forces), and maintained good relations with the regime. "We would like to see a ceasefire, the end of the war, but the terrorists, I am not sure, are in agreement", he said. But many have moved to other parts of Syria, according to U.S. officials and analysts.For the Assad regime, those ISIS remnants are a mixed blessing.

They said that money helping Turkey prepare for European Union membership should be made conditional on Ankara improving its record on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. "We will have losses, but they [perpetrators] will suffer the consequences", Mr Erdoğan said, according to YeniSafak.

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