There is no evidence that the Turkish T129 ATAK helicopter that crashed in Syria’s Afrin region on 10 February was shot down, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on 14 February.
Yıldırım added that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) investigation had not been completed as yet.
The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish group defending Afrin against the military operation that Turkey and allied Syrian groups launched on 20 January, claimed the helicopter was shot down.
Both the T129’s crew members were killed in the incident, which reportedly took place as the helicopter went to the aid of Turkish forces trapped in an ambush that resulted in the death of nine Turkish soldiers.
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