Kurdish-German footballer joins hunger strike against Turkish Afrin offensive

Senior Kurdish politician fears Turkey will Arabize Afrin

Senior Kurdish politician fears Turkey will Arabize Afrin

The military offered condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers and wished injured soldiers a speedy recovery.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday sharply criticised the International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday for remarks made by the humanitarian organisation's president regarding Turkish operations in the Kurdish Afrin region of Syria.

Erdogan uncovered his intention to send the troops to Syrian towns controlled by US -backed Kurdish forces, including Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tel Abyad, Ras al-Ain, and Qamishli.

Two days after Turkey's flag was raised in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, angry users took to social media condemning the operation in Afrin and calling for the expulsion of Ankara from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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He said his forces might also go as far as Qamishli, a Syrian town where that country's government controls the airport and a security zone.

Ankara sees the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as an extension of the separatist Kurdish PKK group that has battled the Turkish military since the 1980s, and is classified as a terrorist organization by the US, the European Union and Turkey. "One night, we could suddenly enter Sinjar".

Observers say expansion of Turkey's campaign into other Kurdish-held territories in northwestern Syria would risk confrontation with the US-led troops deployed alongside the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the area.

In his speech before AKP parliamentarians in February, Erdogan ordered the U.S.to oust YPG fighters from Manbij.

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"A YPG insurgency in Afrin would prompt Turkey to escalate against the Kurds throughout northern Syria, jeopardizing the US -led mission to stabilize the areas captured" from IS militants, he said.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN Charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

In a statement to The Guardian, YPJ commander and spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah said Campbell's death was a "great loss".

Turkey's state-run news agency said 11 people - seven civilians and four Turkish-backed Syrian fighters - were killed on Monday in an explosion as a building in the town centre was being cleared of booby traps. "They were trying to recruit youth the most".

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Following the capture of Afrin city, the agency said it is preparing further relief operations. Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels that worldwide efforts in Syria should be aimed at "de-escalating the military activities and not escalating them". Images have emerged of torched stores, and of men in uniforms and others in civilian clothes walking out of homes with household goods.

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