Two Turkish Servicemen Killed Near Border With Iraq - Turkey's General Staff

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The Turkish government claims that the YPG is an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which has mounted a rebellion against the state in mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey for more than 30 years.

"And for us, that would make them legitimate targets", Kalin said.

The YPG said in a statement that they welcomed the arrival of the pro-government forces.

Pro-government militias entered the Afrin area on Tuesday, but were repelled by Turkish shelling, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said.

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A total of 1,780 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

Turkey had threatened to confront government forces if they intervened, raising the prospect of direct conflict between two of the main players in Syria's civil war.

Soon after it began, the Kurdish authorities in Afrin called on the government to "carry out its sovereign obligations" and send troops to help defend the border from Turkish attacks.

Syrian television had earlier shown the group of fighters passing through a checkpoint that bore the insignia of the Kurdish security force, some chanting "one Syria, one Syria", and driving further into Afrin. "They will pay a heavy price for this".

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Syrian people " s forces are now in the Afrin enclave, in the northern province of Aleppo, where they protect the population from attacks by remnants of the Islamic State terrorist group and the invading Turkish Army.

As Damascus and Turkey were on the verge of triggering off a military clash, Russian Federation was speeding its steps to avoid any confrontation between both forces.

Images were aired of "popular forces" loyal to President Bashar Assad moving toward Afrin city in pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns and armoured personals carriers (APCs), Efe reported.

The forces that arrived - which included combatants allied to Assad but not Syrian army troops - will deploy near the Turkish border, the YPG said. "This is a crime against the humanity", he said in Ankara. It is unclear whether the Iran-backed troops are inside the eponymous city.

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