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Turkish air strikes hit pro-govt forces near Syria's Afrin, kill 5 -pro-Assad commander

By Reuters - Mar 14,2018 - Last updated at Mar 14,2018

BEIRUT - Three Turkish air strikes hit a checkpoint held by pro-Syrian-government Shi'ite militiamen on the road to Afrin in northwestern Syria on Wednesday, killing five fighters, a pro-government commander told Reuters.

The Shi'ite militias, which control the nearby villages of Nubl and Zahraa, recently assumed control of the position in agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia -- the stated target of a Turkish offensive in the Afrin region, the commander said.

The air strike also wounded two Kurdish fighters.


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