11 Turkish Soldiers Involved In Operation Olive Branch Were Killed, 11 Were Injured On Saturday

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11 Turkish Soldiers Involved In Operation Olive Branch Were Killed, 11 Were Injured On Saturday

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Eleven Turkish service members involved in Ankara’s operation against Kurdish militais in the Syrian area of Afrin were killed and eleven others were injured on Saturday (February 10), according to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).

Two service members were killed when a T129 ATAK attack helicopter was shot down by YPG/YPJ fighters. The helicopter crashed in the Turkish province of Hatay.

The rest of Turkish military personnel was killed or injured in clashes with Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the Afrin area.

On February 11, the TAF’s general staff claimed that 1,266 ‘terrorists’ have been ‘neutralized’ in Afrin since the start of Operation Olive Branch on January 20.

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  • dutchnational

    The contrast between carnaval festivities here and the gruesome attacks by turks against syrian kurds is overwhelming.

    It is well turkish forces and other islamists are paying an increasingly heavy price for their proposed ethnic cleansing.

    • Barba_Papa

      It may be war somewhere else, but life here goes on. If you feel burdened by it, why not hop on a plane and go there to help?

      • dutchnational

        Nice thought and were I not a married overwheight 60 something man I might even consider it.

        As it is, likely YPG would start laughing were they see me coming.

        They do not lack those like me, they lack support, heavy arms.

        Were having a government with guts, they would send arms to SDF.

        • PZIVJ

          Well Dutch:
          It seems somebody has sent them ATGM money from Holland.
          Hmm, who could that be? :D

          • dutchnational

            PYD/YPG have much support in the Netherlands. There are PYD bank accounts here and recently they had their int. congress here in Venlo.

          • bcbingram

            agreed, and they have big support in California also. Personally I wish there was NO killing going on, IF GOD were half as cool as some folks believe, surely WAR would stop.

          • maga muricaaaa

            where do u get this info most murican ppl support the Turks but the lobby groups and media force pkk propaganda. maga baby

          • maga muricaaaa

            the dutch dislike the Turks thats why they support pkk terrorists. it prolly has something to do w being slaves of the ottomans for hundos of yrs

    • Joe

      Just watch my words… in the end the Turks will prevail as they have the manpower and fire power.

      • Barba_Papa

        Of course they have. The real question though is, do they have the will? America has overwhelming firepower and the biggest deployable military in the world. And yet it can’t beat insurgents in Afghanistan. It only has a thirst for quick victories, not long wars of attrition. Turkey might have, as defeating the Kurds is a matter of national survival, but then again Erdogan is on shaky grounds, as proven by how much he needs to stifle dissent and muzzle the media and the internet. Leaders who need to do that are weak leaders, not strong ones.

        • Joe

          Your comparison of US in Afghanistan and Afrin is wrong.

          US do not have sufficient ground troops to take on the Talibans well spread over a huge country while in Afrin it is only a small area. Turkish troops are full force on the ground and fighting a small area with air power .

          Another major difference is the Talibans are seasoned guerrila fighters , the Kurds are not but more on door to door fighting which can be easily identified and destroyed.

          That is why US will never win in Afghanistan . They can fight forever.

          • dutchnational

            You are both right. In the end, given my estimation YPG will not surrender, it boils down to whether Turkey is ready to commit to ethnic cleansing/genocide and whether US will let them.

            Militarily SDF will be overwhelmed at some time if Turkey deploys enough of its forces.

          • Johan

            They can not win a guerrilla in enemie country that is proven to be impossble.

          • dutchnational

            In itself you are right. However, if you are ruthless enough, one can drive the population out of a small region and guerillas need a supportive countryside.

          • Johan

            Indeed, like they did with the Armeniers, but this is hunting them untill today and will hunt them for centuries to come. Wonder if the balans will be possible after all that. Think all so that the ruthless presecution from Erdogan against his critics and his violence and general intollerance will have a nefast impact on his rein and the welfare of the country in the future.

          • klove and light

            ethnic cleansing? what the xxx do u think the kurds did east of the euphorates?kisses and hugs for the vast arab population?the kurds since 2016 have been force recruiting young arab men all around the east….what about the mass graves/executions of arabs by kurds in the east just as HRW revealed.so give me a fucking break dutch dick..or is it prick…besides…your dutch people got murderd in the commerical airliner..shot down by ukraine/us war plane..and what do u do in the neatherlands???? 0000000 NOTHING….so what does that make u dutch people? cowards?stupid dicks or pricks? or just plain and simple asshole people with no honour?
            seriously….its pathetic for any dutch man or woman get involved in discussions on syria, russia, us, israel etc… while your(not mine) brothers and sisters were murederd in cold blood by ukraine warplane with the blessings of the usa.
            GET a life dude!

          • bcbingram

            Dude, well You certainly told that ‘dutchnational’ a thing or two, please be assured we all believe “you won’.
            Yes,I know how to spell Sarcasm.

          • dutchnational

            You are right. I feel very ….

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            He did just fact about the plane as this was meant to be used as a double coup for the Rothschilds in gaining full control of technology while yet blaming Russia appearances on everything are deceiving. This was a repeat of another flight that went missing and still to this day questions are still unanswered.

          • Johan

            HRW said the had found mass graves from IS terrorists, After the atrocity of Islamic State i can live with the elimination of those beasts by the ypg, everything is beter then leting these hyenas comme back to Europe or let them free to terrorise the midle east. The only real fighting power against IS was and are the Kurds so thank youKurds. kurds are the only ones decent enough to give women equal rights, to embrasse democraty and the only ones to have an non-secterian gouvernement in that region. And a country in war has an conscription everybody needs in solidarity to defend the country. Off course there ar a lot off cowards in your countries who rather leave their childern and wives and flee to the riche and luxuese unbelievers then to defend their “love ones” but some times you have to fight for freedom . The pity thing is that you and your arab brothers only think in taking, in what your right is and never what your duty is, you live in a mentality from being able to take from other without ever giving back. And last but least when Kurds fight you strangly hear tauzend times the idiote alla akbar what is the arab equivalent of the american SHIT!

          • javier

            dutch dick pretty much covers it

          • Ronald

            The US will let them , they care nothing for the Kurds , they are just the “good reason” for the US to have bases there .

          • maga muricaaaa

            the pkk were ordered to change into civilian clothes. many videos on youtube showing deserted bunkers w army clothes smh

          • bcbingram

            I am an American Vet and I agree, we can’t defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan ! And I don’t know why Trump is trying. Does it somehow ‘help’ Israel ?

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            No it doesn’t help Israel but it does help keep the OBR unstable and controls the economic trade there. The US used a false flag to steal away rights in the US and they are doing a great job so far. Just too many stupid people in the US who don’t care enough to worry about their rights. They like the MSM it’s less complicated than the truth and would throw them into chaos and instability.

    • maga muricaaaa

      from what i understand the pkk doesnt represent the kurds as a whole, only a small fraction of extrenist kurds.

  • You can call me Al

    I know it is relative, but the Turks are suffering many a casualty, maybe already overtaking the Russia loses during their time in Syria. Does anybody know the numbers ?

    • Skagos

      46 officially killed, explained here; https://www.rt.com/news/414966-khmeimim-base-shelling-killed/ | But as you know there is this thing called “Wagner”. Different sources say Wagner’s PMCs’ casulties are between 73-101.

      Turkey lost 73? 74? Soldiers during the Euphrates Shield Operation. And in Olive Branch Operation; with this 11 casulties, total number is 33.

      There is a difference though. Russia mainly used SOFs as officers on the ground. Turkey too used SOFs as officers but during the urban warfare lots of Special Operation Police and Special Operation Gendarme were used as COMBAT units.(This goes for Euphrates Shield op.)

      As for the Olive Branch Operation, the units being used are 1.Again, SOFs as officers on the ground, 2.Commando units that are trained to fight in the mountainous area. Most of the casulties are from these commando units.

      It must be noted though Euphrates Shield op. was against a 3.000 strong ISIS force; Olive Branch op. is against a 10.000 – 12.000, which, by now, is probably around 15.000~ because reinforcements arived from other places AND i would assume recruitment process is faster now.

      This op. will last AT LEAST 6 more months, with casulties over 250 for Turkey.

      • You can call me Al

        Thank you for the info.

        “SOF” ?, special forces ?, sorry I am just guessing.

        • Skagos

          True, its Special Operation Force(s).

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The casualty rate for Turkey will be much higher and is generally double times 4 and you will get closer to the actual number. Turkey will eclipse 1000 dead and wounded in this and withdraw beaten battered and bewildered.

        • Skagos

          I think I had enough. Blocked.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            Just being honest as they have yet to deal with the US in Manbij area and likely they will leave the contractors loose. You can’t handle the fact the US will even betray a NATO country not the first time they betrayed allies either.

        • maga muricaaaa

          i doubt it. afrin is a very mountainous area. the hardest part imho will be the first 3 months than theyll mop up the pkk terrorists prettty fast. man beach will be easier bc its flat. right now its 33 NATO casualties vs 1366 pkk marxist terrorists dead

  • dutchnational

    In a new twist in Syria, civil war map reports shia fighters from Nubbol are joining the fight against Turkey in Afrin.

    Shia enclave Nubbol has been defended by Afrin when sunni islamists, now TFSA, besieged them from 2013 to early 2016.

  • Serious

    Turkey will win because in that region there are Armenians, Arabs, … that will join the one who win. kurds are not enough in that region to hold it.

    • mhtsaropinigitakis

      are retarted? Armenians will prefer to die instead joining turks!

      • Serious

        I talk about Armenian syrians taken hoistages by kurds. Armenians syrians want to stay with Assad.

        • mhtsaropinigitakis

          i agree on this

          • dutchnational

            As a, seemingly, greek, you know this?

            Syriac forces recently arrived in Afrin to fight alongside their allies and compatriots.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            They came to support their other minority brothers and Arabs not so much the YPG but for Syria.

          • dutchnational

            Maybe. I tend to think YPG defending Nubbol for years also is a factor.

          • mhtsaropinigitakis

            only good turks are the dead turks!

    • Lloyd Yona

      CRAP The Kurd“s are not hostage taking you mentally mad people.wind-up the things people try.

  • dutchnational

    SDF destroyed two tanks today, destroyed a munition depot behind turkish lines and shelled and destroyed the Azaz military base, killing many invades.

    Gilgo published a youtube by the chicken liberation front, training to avenge their relatives.

    • M60A2Patton

      this is a lie coming from you or your kurdish husband.)))

      • dutchnational

        Is on line.

        You are a chicken too. Not even daring to admit you are a turk.

        Btw, though I am not into men; you seem to be jealous dutch can marry same gender. Like your neighbour or nevue?

  • Bubba Junior

    “Turkey will win”,what do you mean? Yes, they will manage to push YPG elements out of Afrin, but only with major losses. The losses will be big, and real results will be small. Win some territory away only to lose more at home. I’ve never regarded Erdogan as entirely smart, and blundering into a military adventure right after a major purge proves my claim.

    • Lloyd Yona

      No they fresh the Kurd`s have been getting rid of Terrorists from the us and eu streets.its called a back stabber. There`s a difference.The Turkish where spectators.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    So now the SAA has 1,300 less enemies to fight in the full liberation of all of Syria.
    1,266 less Kurd-terrorist, and about 50 less FSA terrorist.
    This is all looking up quite well for the SAA’s future in 9 months.
    Continue FSA and Kurd’s tearing each-other apart. It is what you terrorist do best.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Never trust numbers stated by Turkey they are all propaganda numbers so they don’t lose public support which is very split on the issue. You have ISIS where are no ISIS just shows the idiocy of Turkish propaganda as they feel they can make a claim of fighting ISIS when in fact they are doing this to civilians.

      • maga muricaaaa

        i think the 1300 number is very realistic considering a NATO country w a huge airforce vs pkk marxist terror group.

    • Lloyd Yona

      Terrorists are Terror the Kurdish are not Terror so are not terrorists.Turkey is terror so are Terrorists.

  • Tomas Sinclair

    200 more likely. They’re covering up their “involvement” on the ground and won’t admit to faults or failures at all. They’ll lose; they’re born for it, the Turks.