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Three more Turkish soldiers were killed Saturday in Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, including one in an attack on a tank, the army said.

A total of 947 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region, according to the military on Monday.

The latest casualties come after seven Turkish troops were killed on Saturday, including five in a tank attack, the heaviest single-day loss of the campaign so far.

U.S. troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned.

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As well as attracting protest from Kurds and human rights groups, the visit was also criticized by the leader of the far-right Northern League, Matteo Salvini, who said that he was "ashamed that Italy is welcoming the representative of a bloodthirsty extremist regime, from a de facto Islamic country where religion rules over law".

According to a United Kingdom based Syrian Center of Human Rights Studies, 68 civilians, including 21 children have been killed as a result of the Turkish intervention.

In Ankara's eyes, Syrian Kurds are virtually indistinguishable from Kurdish separatists in Turkey, a group it has long considered terrorists.

"Small possibility" that US & Ankara will come face-to-face in Manbij - Turkish deputy PM The US and Ankara may come face-to-face in Manbij, though the possibility is "small", Turkey's deputy prime minister said. Within a week after the announcement, Ankara launched an offensive in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin code-named Olive Branch and aimed at eliminating terrorists in the region.

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Afrin resident Hussein Cheikho, 65, said he was " deeply pained" when he saw pictures of Kobani's mutilated body but said her death will not be in vain.

"This is the pigs of the PKK", one of the militiamen is heard saying, referring to an armed Kurdish group active in Turkey.

In a village called Jeleme in the countryside of Afrin, civilians told Kurdistan 24 a Turkish military airstrike destroyed a school in their village.

In his turn, ex-Lieutenant-General of the Turkish Armed Forces, Erdogan Karakus, stressed that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, since 1984, have been supporting the PKK.

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"Those who equate Turkey with those marauders under the pretext of the anti-ISIL fight have now begun to realize which one is a state and which one is a band of gangs", Erdoğan said on February 6. In May previous year, an AFP photographer made a number of images showing armed men in uniform - identified by Syrian rebels as US SOF operators - in a pickup truck equipped with an Mk 19 grenade launcher.

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