1 more soldier dies, 4 wounded in al-Bab

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Members of Free Syrian Army advance towards the center of al-Bab town of Aleppo during the "Operation Euphrates Shield" in Aleppo, Syria on February 11, 2017. Operation Euphrates Shield, which involves Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkish forces, was launched last August to secure Turkey's border with Syria against terrorists and support opposition forces. Since November, the operation has focused on taking the town of Al-Bab, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of the Turkish border, from ISIL. Huseyin Nasir / Anadolu Agency

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said in a statement on Monday that one soldier died and four were wounded in clashes with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Syria’s al-Bab region.

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.

The number of Turkish soldiers killed during Operation Euphrates Shield has reached 73 with the latest loss.

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