Ankara: 1369 militants killed in Olive Branch operation in Afrin

1,062 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin

Ankara: 1369 militants killed in Olive Branch operation in Afrin

Declaring bilateral ties at a critical point, the top Turkish envoy said "we will either fix the ties or they will break down completely".

Turkey is targeting the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG in a weeks-long air and ground operation in Syria's Afrin region. For us to discuss multiple issues with the United States, the trust that has been lost needs to be restored.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also expected to visit for more talks early next week.

But the U.S. has taken a different view to the YPG, providing it with weapons in the Syrian group's battle against Islamic State militants.

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However, Turkey considers that militia, the YPG, a terrorist organisation.

Regarding the military casualties suffered by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), no accurate number was reported except for five fighters who lost their lives last week.

Turkish troops launched an air and ground offensive against YPG-held Afrin in northwestern Syria on January 20, as Ankara treats the Kurdish militants as terrorists associated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

The Syrian government has already condemned the "brutal Turkish aggression" against Afrin, rejecting Ankara's claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.

Turkish military on Monday asserted determination to continue its ongoing counter-terror operations within the country.

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