Turkey says 31 dead, 143 injured in Afrin operation

Turkey's military said 31 soldiers have been killed in an incursion into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria since operations began on Jan. 20.

The number of wounded stood at 143, the military said in a statement on its website on Monday.

A total of 1,369 Kurdish and Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have been "neutralised" since the incursion, while Turkish jets have destroyed 627 targets, it added.

Some 148 fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units and 157 Syrian opposition fighters have been killed in the three weeks of fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.