Turkish-Kurdish cease-fire on edge as one soldier is killed
26 October 2019 | 7:00 am
Turkish forces said one soldier has been killed and another injured by the YPG in northern Syria, threatening a fragile cease-fire. President Erdogan said Turkey would "crush the heads of terrorists" who don't withdraw.
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