Reuters logo
Turkish defence minister says 35 soldiers killed in Syria incursion since Aug 24
December 22, 2016 / 12:29 PM / a year ago

Turkish defence minister says 35 soldiers killed in Syria incursion since Aug 24

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The number of Turkish soldiers killed in recent attacks by Islamic State militants near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab has risen to 16, Turkey’s defence minister said on Thursday, adding that three other soldiers were seriously wounded.

Speaking at a parliamentary commission in Ankara, Isik said a total of 35 Turkish soldiers have been killed since the start of Turkey-backed rebels’ incursion into northern Syria that began on August 24, an operation dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’.

Isik said a total of 1,005 Islamic State militants have been “neutralised” during the same period. He added that Islamic State has been putting up fierce resistance near al-Bab.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below