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Turkish military copter crashes in Syria, 2 killed

IANS  |  Ankara 

A combat helicopter crashed on Saturday in northwestern Syria's during the ongoing operation, and two soldiers were killed, Turkish said.

It is not clear at this point whether the incident occurred due to an external intervention or not. An investigation has been launched, he told journalists in southwestern Mugla province, local TV channel Turk reported.

The Turkish helicopter was a T129 ATAK helicopter, confirmed Yildirim.

"We are looking into it. We are trying the determine the cause," he noted.

In a statement, Turkish General Staff said an ATAK combat helicopter crashed around local time 1 p.m. during ongoing operation in Technical investigation is underway.

Earlier, Turkish said that the helicopter was downed in southern province of and that losses such as this incident were expected to happen in battle time.

Speaking at a meeting of the ruling in Istanbul, Erdogan said "we might lose one helicopter, but they will pay a heavier price."

launched "Operation Olive Branch" on January 20 to clear People's Protection Units (YPG) militants, backed by the while considered by as "terrorist group," from in northwestern

With the helicopter crash, the death toll of the Turkish Armed Forces increased to 20. More than 1,100 YPG militants have been killed, according to

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 07:04 IST
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