Turkey's General Staff: Nearly 900 terrorists killed in Operation Olive Branch

Turkish capital blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

Turkey: Journalist on duty injured in Syria's Afrin

Five of the troops died when their tank was attacked near Afrin.

On January 20, Ankara launched a campaign in Afrin against the Kurdish militia of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), described as a terror group by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey, but allied with the United States in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement that the Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed 15 terrorist targets and neutralized 74 terrorists in overnight airstrikes.

The statement said that since the beginning of the operation 13 Turkish soldiers had been martyred and 57 wounded.

Turkish forces immediately responded to attacks with Fırtına howitzers.

Rudaw said they could not independently verify the video.

The Turkish forces also gained control of Mount Barsia. "There is not much to go", he said.

But analysts and monitors say Turkey so far has taken control of limited clumps of territory around the border without yet approaching near Afrin town.

Turkey's foreign and defense ministers on Saturday phoned the Anadolu Agency's correspondent who was injured in Friday's cross-border attack perpetrated by the terrorist PYD/PKK organization to inquire about his health.

The Ankara governor's office said authorities had also detained eight people suspected of links to the alleged bomber, whom it identified as a man who had trained with Kurdish militants in Syria.

The offensive by Washington's fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Ankara on a US-allied force has even raised fears of a military confrontation between two alliance powers.

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