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World 2 Turkish soldiers killed in north Syria

12:56  25 july  2021
12:56  25 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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ISTANBUL, July 24 (Reuters) - Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an attack on their armoured vehicle in northern Syria , and Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire, Turkey's defence ministry said on Saturday. "Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing," the statement on Twitter on said. It did not specify where the attack occurred, but media reports said it was in the al-Bab area. Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Leslie Adler. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

The Turkish forces did not specify the perpetrators of the attack, but it could apparently come from Kurdish forces fighting in the region, who Ankara considered to be terrorists, affiliated with the PKK, which is banned in Turkey .

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry said early Sunday that two Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Syria.

The ministry tweeted that a Turkish armored vehicle was attacked, killing the two and injured two other soldiers.

The attack took place Saturday in the so-called Euphrates Shield area, which consists of a region between the Turkish border and northern Aleppo, including the towns of Jarablus and al-Bab.

The ministry said it struck “terror” targets in retaliation. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that dozens of Turkish rockets were fired at northern Aleppo, with no reports of injuries.

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Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in northern Syria , Turkey said late Saturday. The attack against an armored vehicle occurred in the “Euphrates Shield area,” a zone spanning about 2,000 square kilometers (about 770 square miles) that was taken under Turkish control in 2017, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry. The assault was carried out by “terrorists,” the ministry said, without naming a specific group.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an attack on their armored vehicle in northern Syria , and Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire, Turkey's defense ministry said on Saturday. "Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing," the statement on Twitter on said. Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group linked to militants who have fought a decades-old insurgency against the state in southeast Turkey. It has staged several incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push the YPG from the Turkish frontier.


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The statement didn't say who attacked the soldiers but called them “terrorists.” Turkey has been fighting the Syrian Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units, or YPG. Turkey considers them an extension of a Kurdish group which has waged a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey.

Turkey launched its first cross-border operation into Syria in the summer of 2016 with the aim of clearing out the Islamic State group after several deadly bombings in Turkey. The operation was called Euphrates Shield. Turkey conducted three other operations in northern Syria, a majority of them to fight the YPG.

Turkey has been infuriated by American support for Syrian Kurdish fighters who formed the backbone of a unit that fought IS.

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