Three Turkish soldiers killed by ISIS in northern Syria

2016-09-10 09:00
A Turkish tank coming from Syria during clashes between Turkish army and ISIS militants (AFP).

A Turkish tank coming from Syria during clashes between Turkish army and ISIS militants (AFP).

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Jarablus - Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and one wounded during clashes with Islamic State fighters in northern Syria, according to Turkey's armed forces.

In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said one of its tanks was hit by ISIS fighters around 12:20 local time, near the Syrian town of Tel el-Hawa.

The area is west of Jarablus near the Turkish border, which was taken from ISIS by the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) at the start of the operation.

Friday's attack marked the seventh Turkish casualty so far in Turkey's two-pronged, cross-border operation against ISIS and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria.

Turkey first sent tanks across the border on August 24 as part of the operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield".

Four days later, the Turkish army suffered its first fatality in northern Syria, in a rocket attack blamed on Kurdish militia.

Late on September 6, three more Turkish soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in an ISIS attack on two tanks near the town of al-Rai in northern Syria.

Last week, ISIS fighters were expelled from their last positions along the Turkish-Syrian border, depriving the group of a key crossing point for recruits and supplies.

Turkey wants to establish a safe zone in the 91km area stretching from Jarablus to Azaz to the west and says it will continue with the cross-border operation until "all terrorist elements are eliminated" from the region.

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