Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) neutralized at least 15 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists during the ongoing operation in Syria's Afrin that also left three Turkish soldiers martyred Saturday, according to Turkish military, APA reports quoting AA.
"A little earlier, one of our helicopters was shot down", Erdogan said in televised remarks without saying who was responsible but vowing they would pay a "heavier price".
This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Turkey has always been one of the main allies of the anti-Assad rebels.
Another three soldiers were killed and five were wounded during the operation on Saturday in a separate incident, the army said later, without giving further details.
Turkey feels threatened by the predominant fighting group to emerge from Syria's Kurdish minority, which carved out a de facto ministate along the Turkish border amid the chaos of the civil war.
He said Erdogan and the Turkish media were "trying to cover the Turkish army's failure in Afrin".
Turkey launched an offensive into the enclave on January 20 against Syrian Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers to be a security threat due to their links to outlawed rebels in Turkey.
It said it had killed 26 militants.
Unconfirmed Turkish media reports had said that Turkey halted flights after Russia closed the airspace over Afrin after militants shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter jet in Idlib province on February 3.
Air strikes killed six people in Eastern Ghouta, a pocket of towns and farmland east of Damascus where the death toll has climbed to more than 230 in the last four days - the area's deadliest week since 2015, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
Murat Karayilan, a member of the PKK's Executive Council, told the pro-Kurdish Firat News Agency that Turkey was telling "lies" about the extent of the casualties it had suffered and number of YPG fighters killed.
Food is running short in Afrin as a result of the bombing, said Ebrahim Ebrahim, a Europe-based Kurdish official. She added that around 60,000 had been displaced.
The YPG said the Turkish army also targeted a slaughterhouse on Afrin's outskirts, heavily damaging the building and killing hundreds of sheep.