Another soldier dies, bringing fatalities to 44 in operations against ISIL

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Turkish troops drive their tanks on September 4, 2016 on a road near the Syrian village of al-Waqf and some 3km south of al-Rai, the small border town with Turkey. Turkish forces and Syrian rebels expelled the ISIL group from the last areas of the Syrian-Turkish border under their control on September 3, 2016, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

One more Turkish soldier wounded in an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack in Syria’s al-Bab region died on Friday, increasing the number of troops killed during Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield to 44.

Thirty-three-year-old Selçuk Erdoğan had been undergoing medical care since the attack on Dec. 21.

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.

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