Two Turkish soldiers killed in northern Syria
The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the killing of two of its soldiers and the wounding of two others in northern Syria, as Ankara seeks to expel what it describes as extremists and Kurdish rebels.
A statement by the Turkish Defense Ministry stated that "terrorists" attacked, on Saturday, a military vehicle while it was heading to a base located south of the Turkish-Syrian border, within the "Euphrates Shield" area, the military operation launched by Turkey in 2016.
Ankara is seeking to expel ISIS terrorists and members of the Syrian Kurdish armed factions from the area that includes the cities of Jarabulus and Al-Bab.
The ministry announced that "terrorist sites were identified in the area and effectively bombed immediately after the attack," according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched three military operations in northern Syria, which allowed it to control more than two thousand square kilometers, especially in the Afrin region, which is considered part of the "Kurdish Federal" region.
Turkey regularly accuses the "Kurdish People's Protection Units", which it classifies as "terrorist", of committing "crimes against humanity", including arbitrary executions and forced displacement of the population, and of being linked to the "PKK", which has waged a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state in the southeast of the country since 1984, which caused More than 40,000 dead.
The YPG rejects the accusations, accusing Turkey and groups of Syrian fighters backed by Ankara of committing atrocities.