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Turkish military helicopter shot down in syria

10 February 2018

Abdullah said that Turkey's ambitions in the area were not feasible, however, even if it defeats the Kurdish militias by military means.

Turkey on January 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

The PKK was formed in the late 1970s at a time when the Turkish government banned Kurdish language and culture.

"But analysts also see these attacks as an attempt to punish opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad by targeting towns and villages in Syria that are sympathetic to the opposition".

More than 13.1 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.1 million who have been displaced within the country during the almost seven-year war.

As well as these two contradictory alliances, the PYD has forged good relations with Iran and a strategic alliance with Russian Federation. France is among Assad's harshest critics.

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In a telephone call, Macron told Putin it was imperative that peace talks made progress and expressed his concern over signs that chlorine bombs had been against civilians in recent weeks. The region has been battered in an escalatory government bombing campaign.

Relentless bombardment by the Syrian military of the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta is hampering vital relief operations, an global aid group warned on Friday.

Kurdistan 24 headed to the Sherawa front line in Jandaris district, south of Afrin, and the Rajo frontline, west of Afrin, and interviewed YPG fighters. "But the way things are in Syria, anything can happen", Idiz said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned those who shot down the helicopter will "surely pay a heavy price for it".

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched a military intervention in Afrin, Syria-a Kurdish held region that borders with Turkey.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based watchdog monitoring developments in Syria, fierce clashes and intensive Turkish aerial and artillery raids on Afrin have left at least 60 civilians dead and thousands more displaced.

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Some 90 per cent of the Kurdish militias in northern Syria are not Syrian, but consist of Turkish Kurds not related to the Syrian conflict and with aims unrelated to the Syrian Revolution.

Members of Syrian civil defence forces known as White Helmets rescue a victim of an airstrike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in eastern Ghouta on Thursday.

But the US denies those connections and sees the YPG as a key ally in the battle against the Islamic State. "White dust and screams are everywhere", she says. It added that the group's partners say 45 schools in eastern Ghouta have been attacked this year, with 11 destroyed.

Airstrikes continued to pound Eastern Ghouta for the fifth straight day on Friday, taking the death toll to over 230, many of them children.

Meanwhile, Oleg Syromolotov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, said on Thursday that the developments in Afrin have been "provoked" by the action of the USA, accusing Washington of planning to supply "more weapons" to US-allied groups within Syria.

"I think the Americans need to be realistic about how important Syria is to them and set attainable goals".

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Syrian state media confirmed dozens were killed but appeared to deny the forces were army soldiers, describing them as "popular forces".

Turkish military helicopter shot down in syria