Friday 21 September 2018

Turkish president says helicopter shot down in northern Syria

A spokesman for the Kurdish militia, Mustafa Bali, confirmed his fighters shot down the chopper in Raju, north-west Afrin.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Kayhan Ozer/AP)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Kayhan Ozer/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The president of Turkey has announced that a military helicopter was shot down in northern Syria during Ankara’s offensive against Syrian Kurdish militia there.

Speaking in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units or YPG, but said those responsible will pay for it.

The Turkish military has not made a statement.

A spokesman for the Kurdish militia, Mustafa Bali, confirmed his fighters shot down the chopper in Raju, north-west Afrin.

Turkey launched a military offensive on January 20 to uproot the YPG from Afrin.

Turkey considers the group an extension of an insurgency within its own borders.

Nineteen Turkish soldiers have died since the beginning of the operation.

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