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Turkish president says helicopter downed in northern Syria

AP  |  Istanbul 

Turkey's announced that a Turkish military helicopter was downed in today during Ankara's offensive on there.

Speaking in Istanbul, didn't mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, but said that those responsible will pay for it.

A for the Kurdish militia, Mustafa Bali, said his fighters downed the chopper in Raju, northwest Afrin.

But the Turkish said the cause of the helicopter's crash was not yet clear and investigations were ongoing.

"We don't have exact evidence or document to determine that it went down with any outside interference," Binali Yildirim told reporters in the western province of

Yildirim said that two Turkish soldiers were killed in the helicopter.

launched a military offensive on January 20 to oust the YPG from Afrin. considers the group an extension of an insurgency within its own borders.

Twenty one Turkish soldiers have died since the beginning of the operation.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:40 IST