1 Turkish soldier killed in Afrin operation on Saturday

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Soldiers patrol an area after the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) liberated Ikidam, Shaltah, Marsawiyah villages and Hill 687 in western Rajo town of Afrin in northwestern Syria from the control of PYD/YPG group during ongoing Operation Olive Branch on February 19, 2018. (Beha El Halebi / Anadolu Agency)

The Turkish military announced on Sunday that one soldier was killed Saturday during an operation in the Afrin region of Syria.

The military had said on Saturday that a total of 32 military members have been killed and 183 injured since the beginning of the operation on Jan. 20.

The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin region of Syria against the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey sees as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 8 said Turkey would not allow a Kurdish corridor in Syria extending along the Turkish border to the Mediterranean.

Turkey with Free Syrian Army forces took control of the Jarablus and Al Bab areas in northern Syria during an operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [ISIL]  militants between August 2016 and March 2017.

More than 70 soldiers were lost during Operation Euphrates Shield, which was evaluated as a strategic move to prevent unification of areas controlled by the Kurdish PYD.

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