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Attacks come just weeks after the Islamic State kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from the same area.
Israeli expert says media reports of 430 families in region incorrect.
Robert Amos didn’t care whom he fought with, as long as he could combat Islamic State.
Damascus has previously stated its opposition to the kind of federal-state sought by the main Kurdish groups.
A resident of Sahl al-Ghab said Turkish-backed factions had "no option but to fight to the death."
Kurdish forces said seven of its fighters and 11 Syrian military were killed in the clashes.
Kurdish-led authorities attempt to open new channels to President Bashar Assad's government as they seek to negotiate a political deal that keeps their autonomy within Syria.
Klipsch was one of hundreds of foreign volunteers who went to help in the fight against Islamic State. Since 2014, dozens of such fighters have been killed fighting alongside the Kurdish YPG.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
“They can pressure Turkey but they for some reasons are reluctant.”
Washington has angered Ankara by providing arms, training and air support to the Syrian Kurdish forces.
The Turkish offensive in northwest Syria's Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war and strained ties with NATO ally Washington.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to crush the Kurdish fighters in Afrin.
Direct military action against territory held by Kurdish militia opens a new front in Syria's civil war and sees Ankara confronting Kurds allied to the United States.
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