According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from oppression and cruelty of terrorists.
According to Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) - US-backed alliance of Kurdish-Arab militias in fight against ISIS - Rudaw Kurdish information portal was killed before its remains were spotted by an enemy patrol.
The Turkish army has used all its military capabilities and weapons, including the prohibited ones, but failed to advance into Afrin, the SDF said in a statement.
"They will pay for this twice as much", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Twitter, referring to the militants that had killed Turkish soldiers. Military leaders say the danger from Islamic State in Syria has not disappeared despite the terrorist group's recent battlefield losses.
Rescue agencies reported at least seven civilians, including two children and a woman, were killed after Syrian government warplanes targeted the vehicles of families fleeing fighting along the Aleppo-Damascus global road on Friday.
Turkey on January 20 launched a major operation aimed at ousting YPG forces from their enclave of the northwestern town of Afrin.
"This is the pigs of the PKK", one of the militiamen is heard saying, referring to an armed Kurdish group active in Turkey.
A ninth suspect was killed during the operation to round up the group, they said.
Turkish forces immediately responded to attacks with Fırtına howitzers.
Turkey shares a 911-kilometer border with Syria. "For the last two years they told us and everyone that they support PYD because of the Daesh threat and now Daesh is over, but they still continue to support them militarily [and] politically".