More than 20 people have also been wounded in the attack that targeted a busy vegetable market in the Syrian town of Afrin, that has frequently been targeted by YPG attacks.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy says PKK terror group has for many years used northern Iraqi soil as launchpad to attack Turkey, leaving Ankara with no option other than military operation.
Turkey perceives the US-backed YPG as a security threat in northern Syria and Ankara's upcoming military operation is aimed against the group.
Ankara has complained over the slow implementation of a deal with Washington to pull YPG terrorists out of Manbij, which lies in mainly Arab territory west of the Euphrates in Syria, back to the eastern bank of the river.
The US attempt to focus on a single goal in Syria, namely Daesh, has served as fuel for other conflicts in the region and compromised Turkey's internal security.
Turkey's President Erdogan announced a new offensive in territory to the east of the Euphrates that is being held by the YPG. Although the YPG is backed by the US, Turkey considers it the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group.
The US consistently sends mixed signals to Turkey on its strategy in northern Syria where it has allied with YPG, a PKK affiliate. Ankara wants to ensure its national security isn't compromised by terror groups on its border.
A US special envoy to Syria recently held a meeting with the Kurdish opposition to the YPG in Turkey's south, sparking speculations about Washington’s long-term goals.
Turkish and US officials said they would make concrete progress on the Manbij roadmap by end of the year, following a high-level working group on Syria met for the third time in Turkish capital Ankara.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing is a worldwide matter never seen as a "political issue."
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed to meet on the sidelines of this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina, according to Turkish presidential sources.
Talat Silo, who defected from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, says the YPG, which is the main force in the SDF, is largely run by the PKK terror organisation leaders who are hiding in the Qandil mountains.
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