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

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

On January 20, Turkey launched a ground offensive across the border into northern Syria, which it dubbed Operation Olive Branch.

According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The attack on the tank, details of which were not disclosed, was also the single deadliest attack on the military of the offensive so far.

As of Saturday morning, 897 PKK/YPG terrorists were killed in operations, airstrikes and shelling by the Turkish military.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and six others were injured in clashes with PKK/YPG terrorists in Syria's northwestern Afrin region and a separate attack on a Turkish border outpost on Saturday.

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The Observatory said that since the offensive against Afrin began, Turkish troops and their allies have captured 15 villages and 68 civilians, including 21 children, have been killed since.

In retaliation, Turkish war planes carried out air strikes on the area from where the attack was carried out, destroying shelters and munitions dumps, it added.

"Of course, this number will increase by the evening", said Erdogan, while speaking at Turkish Youth Foundation's gathering at Presidential Complex.

Turkey has long fought Kurdish unrest in the southeastern part of the country. "There is not much to go", he said. Turkey considers the YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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.