Number of Turkish soldiers killed in Syria rises to 21 with latest loss

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Turkish soldiers fire an upgraded M60 tank during fighting alongside members of the Free Syrian Army against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near the northern Syrian village of Beraan, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

One Turkish soldier has been killed and nine others injured in an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack in Syria’s al-Bab region, which has increased the number of Turkish soldiers killed during Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield to 21.

ISIL carried out the attack with a car carrying explosives, according to a statement from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on Monday. The body of the slain soldier and another soldier who was critically injured were taken to the Şahinbey Teaching and Research Hospital in Gaziantep by military helicopter. The remaining eight injured soldiers were taken to Kilis State Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

As part of Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels drive ISIL from the border city of Jarabulus in late August, in a dramatic escalation of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

In the meantime, the TSK also said in its statement that it has destroyed 208 targets including arms depots in Syria belonging to ISIL.

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