Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

Artwork by Iranian magazine Atate Mandegar depicting Turkey's attack on Afrin

Hundreds of people attended funerals this weekend for eleven soldiers killed in a single day of fighting on Saturday.

On February 11, pro-opposition Syrian media reports said Turkish backed forces gained control of the village.

Turkish PM says two soldiers died after their helicopter was shot down during Ankara's offensive in northern Syria.

"These things will happen, we are in a war", the President said, adding that even though Turkey "might lose a helicopter", the perpetrators of the attack will "pay a heavy price".

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the militants in question were either surrendered or were killed or captured.

In three other statements, the army announced nine more Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 wounded Saturday, bringing the military death toll to 30 since January 20.

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster held talks on Sunday in Istanbul with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, the White House said, amid persistent tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Syria and other issues.

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The president also said the Turkish Armed Forces "destroyed many missile depots" of the Kurdish militias they are battling in the Afrin region.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim later told journalists that two soldiers were killed in the crash.

The meetings will focus on regional developments and Olive Branch operation, which was launched by the Turkish forces against terrorist organizations.

A member of Afrin's civil administration, Hevi Mustafa, was quoted by Reuters as saying the Turkish offensive had so far killed 160 people, including 26 children and 17 women.

Yildirim said that it occurred in Syria's northern Afrin province.

Turkish officials say they have captured almost 50 different strategic locations from the Kurdish militia known as the YPG, including hilltops, villages and a town centre.

Turkey on Jan 20. launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

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