Turk­ish pres­i­dent: He­li­copter downed in north­ern Syria

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NATION | WORLD -

Four more Turk­ish sol­diers have been killed in north­ern Syria, the Turk­ish mil­i­tary an­nounced late Satur­day, bring­ing the day’s death toll to 11 in what has been the most lethal day since Ankara’s of­fen­sive on Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia be­gan.

Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan an­nounced ear­lier that a mil­i­tary he­li­copter was “downed” in the Afrin op­er­a­tion. Speak­ing in Is­tan­bul, Er­do­gan didn’t men­tion by name the Syr­ian Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units, or YPG, but hinted they were to blame. The coun­try’s prime min­is­ter walked back on the com­ments soon af­ter, say­ing the cause of the he­li­copter’s crash was not yet clear and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing.

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