The Turkish Armed Forces and their Syrian allies have lost 262 soldiers since the Turkish military operation dubbed Peace Spring was launched in northern Syria. The Turkish soldiers are fighting against well equipped Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and have taken a heavy toll on Turkish Forces according to the Rudaw TV channel citing an SDF statement.
According to the SDF, Kurds lost 22 fighters. Meanwhile, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar stated that “342 terrorists were eliminated” in the course of the operation.
Twenty-two fighters of the Arab-Kurdish armed coalition Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed during the past two days as a result of the operation of the Turkish armed forces in northern Syria, TV channel Al Arabiya reported on Friday, citing the SDF’s statement.
Moreover, two Turkish soldiers were killed after a mortar attack hit the area near a military post in a part of northern Syria where Ankara mounted an operation against Kurdish militants last year, the defence ministry said on Friday.
On October 9, Ankara launched a military operation in northern Syria dubbed Peace Spring, which began with airstrikes on positions of Kurdish units.
The objective is to create a buffer zone in northern Syria where Syrian refugees could return from Turkey, Ankara claims. The buffer zone will also establish a security belt along the Turkish border. The Syrian SANA news agency branded the operation as aggression, while the international community condemned Ankara’s actions.