36 pro-regime fighters killed in Turkish air strikes in Afrin

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It did not specify a location and did not give a death toll.

Earlier this year, Turkey launched the "Operation Olive Branch" military operation to remove the YPG from Afrin, close to its borders.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Turkish warplanes struck the pro-government "popular" forces at a camp in Kafr Jina.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported that Turkish and FSA forces have liberated Haji Khalil, a village in Raju, Afrin, from the PPK-linked Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing, People's Protection Units (YPG).

They also seized a strategic mountain in the northeast of the enclave, a military official from the Turkish-led operation said.

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This is while United States officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the group.

In a phone call on Monday between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the latest developments in Syria, Erdogan said that "utmost care" is being taken to avoiding harming civilians.

Thousands of civilians have fled their homes since the start of the operation, either to the town of Afrin or to nearby government-controlled areas.

The air-strike follows an attack on Turkish forces that has been labelled as one of the bloodiest since January with eight killed and 13 injured.

Syrian Kurds mourn in the northwestern region of Afrin on March 1, 2018 during the funeral of Kurdish forces killed during battles with the Turkish army forces.

Two members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were also killed and some are wounded, while anti-aircraft weapons and the YPG personnel using them were neutralized as a result of heavy strikes, he added.


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