The Turkish military said on Tuesday that it had killed at least 260 Kurdish fighters and ISIS terrorists in its operation in northern Syria. A Syrian Democratic Forces official speaking to Reuters denied the claims and said that the number of casualties was exaggerated and that ISIS was not present in the region.


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The Turkish military said in a statement on Tuesday that it had killed at least 260 YPG Kurds and ISIS terrorists in its operation in northern Syria’s Afrin region. According to Ankara’s state-run Anadolu News Agency citing military officials, Operation Olive Branch will continue until the area is completely cleared of Kurdish groups and ISIS.

Speaking to Reuters, senior Syrian Democratic Forces official Redur Xelil denied the presence of ISIS terrorists in Afrin and claimed the Turkish military has exaggerated the number of casualties in the area.  Furthermore, according to Reuters, a senior US official said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump plans to discuss his concerns about the operation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Wednesday.

As previously reported by JOL, the Turkish military operation in Syria began on Saturday in what it called an attempt to protect Syrians and Turkey’s borders from terrorists. On Saturday, Erdogan accused the Kurdish militias of being terrorist organizations and claimed that they were “are all the same,” even if they changed their names. “Turkey expects its allies to support its fight against terrorism in all of its forms,” said the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Sunday.