22 Dec, ANKARA
Four Turkish soldiers were killed and another 15 were wounded Wednesday during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in Northern Syria’s al-Bab region, Turkish General Staff stated.
Turkish General Staff also said 15 soldiers are being treated at hospitals inside Turkey and one of the wounded soldiers was in critical condition, adding that clashes with militants in the region were ongoing.
The Turkish military said that over 40 IS terrorists were “neutralized” and 24 IS positions were also hit by Turkish warplanes in the Al-Bab area.
Turkish military often used the word “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question were captured, heavily wounded or killed.
On Aug. 24, the Turkish Armed Forces launched the Euphrates Shield Operation against both IS and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Turkey regards the YPG and the PYD as terrorist organizations due to their links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (Xinhua)