Afrin Day 39: Kurds say 192 civilians dead in Turkish incursion

18:00 Kurds say 192 civilians killed, 574 injured in Afrin 

Turkey's military operation in Syria’s Afrin has killed 192 civilians, the area’s health council said.

Twenty-eight children and 23 women were among the dead, the council said, according toKurdish Nalia Radio & Television (NRT). The number of injured civilians totalled 574, including 69 children, it said.

14:55 Turkey denies in talks with U.S. over Afrin

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected a U.S. government statement that said the two NATO allies were holding diplomatic talks about the Turkish incursion into Syria’s Afrin.

Pentagon Spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway's statement that negotiations had started to reduce tensions in the enclave, was not correct, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper.

"Turkey is currently not carrying out any diplomatic talks with the U.S. about Afrin," he told reporters.

14:10 U.S. repels Iran advance on Syrian oilfields - report

The United States launched air strikes late on Monday against Iranian forces seeking to capture Syria’s oil-rich city of Deir al-Zor, currently under control of Kurdish groups, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency said.

The Iran-backed pro-Assad fighters retreated to areas already under their control after the U.S. air force hit ammunition supplies in the neighbouring Salihye district, Anadolu said citing local sources it did not identify.

11:19 Turkey says "neutralised" 24 militants in Afrin

Turkey "neutralised" 24 Kurdish and islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria's Afrin, the military said in a daily update of the ongoing operation.

The total number killed or captured since an incursion began on Jan. 20 has risen to 2,083, the military said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

11:16 U.S. proven wrong in relying on Kurds - Erdoğan adviser

The United States is being proven wrong that it can keep a foothold in Syria by relying on an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), said Ilnur Çevik, a senior adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“The sooner they realise they are making a gross mistake the better,” Çevik said in a column for the Daily Sabah newspaper. “Turkey is the only way out for the U.S. in Syria.”
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