A state ceremony was held on Friday in the Turkish capital Ankara for 11 soldiers, who were killed in a helicopter crash a day earlier in Turkey’s Bitlis province.
In wake of terrorist PKK massacre in Gara region of Iraq, Turkish President Erdogan has said Turkey will stay long as necessary to secure regions it cleared of terrorists to avoid similar attacks again.
The attack on Turkish soldiers marks the country's first reported casualties since a ceasefire began earlier this month.
At least 18 YPG/PKK terrorists killed while trying to infiltrate the southern area of the [Operation] Peace Spring region while another 13 killed near the area of [Operation] Euphrates Shield, according to Turkish defence ministry.
On Saturday, Turkey's Defence Minister said the ceasefire was still holding, and no violations had taken place since the agreement came into effect on Thursday, March 5.
Turkish army didn't target Russian soldiers or planes in Syria's Idlib as claimed by certain Russian news outlets, Anadolu Agency cites "reliable" Turkish sources as saying.
A new report published in the US has made alarming claims, but they seem divorced from reality.
"We on every occasion say 'do not force us, otherwise our Plan B and Plan C are ready'," Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar tells Hurriyet newspaper. Meanwhile, Syrian regime is set to retake key M5 highway, a war monitor says.
Turkish and US forces conducted their third joint ground patrol on Friday within a planned safe zone in northern Syria, along the Syrian-Turkish border.
Cornered by Turkey's counterterror operations, the PKK terror group is forcefully recruiting children, but mothers are increasingly taking a stand.
The Turkish Army and Intelligent Secret Service conducted a joint operation on the Mout Qandil headquarters of the PKK terror group in northern Iraq, killing Diyar Garip Muhammad.
Following attacks, Ankara has retaliated with a measured response and warned the regime of severe 'punishment' if its forces are targeted again in future.
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