Malak al-Sweid, 30, holds her husband’s military uniform in the city of Al-Bab, Syria on Aug. 27, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Turkey is compensating the families of Syrian rebels who died fighting in support of its offensive in Syria's Afrin, promising them citizenship and a house in Turkey, a rebel commander and families said.Lt. Abdallah Halawa, commander of the Hamza Brigade rebels, said the family of each fighter killed in Afrin was getting 60,000 Turkish lira ($9,142.02).Wounded rebels will also later receive 15,000 Turkish lira each, and may get up to 30,000 should they be disabled.Turkey was long a key backer of rebels who fought President Bashar Assad in Syria's war.U.S. support for the YPG has infuriated Turkey, which views the militia as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK movement that has waged a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey.Halawa said the Afrin battle marked the first time rebels received such compensation.
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