Eight Turkish soldiers killed in Syria clashes

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The Turkish military declined to comment on the Observatory report, but the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday that Turkish attack helicopters had killed nine YPG fighters in the west of Afrin.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear YPG militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria, as Ankara considers the YPG as the Syrian affiliates of the PKK, a terrorist organization listed by Turkey, the US and EU.

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday liberated five more villages from the PKK-linked YPG and took control of Rajo's town centre during Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region.

On Monday French President Emmanuel Macron's office said he had told Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan that the United Nations demand "applied to all of Syria, including Afrin, and should be implemented everywhere and by all without any delay".

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The Syrian government deployed fighters to the enclave a month later after the Kurds called for help.

Pro-government fighters are present on several fronts in the enclave, according to the Kurds.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), 141 civilians, including 27 children, have died since the beginning of the Turkish military campaign, a claim which Ankara denies.

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

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It is one of the bloodiest days for Turkish troops since they began a major offensive against Kurdish fighters in Afrin in January.

On Thursday, an aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies entered the area for the first time since the start of the operation.

On Feb. 28, Operation Olive Branch forces established a crescent-shape corridor stretching along northwestern Idlib province and Aleppo province's Azaz district, cutting the YPG terrorists' connection to the Turkish border.

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.

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