Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Syria on Wednesday as the Turkish military faces intense fighting with extremists in a battle to take a key town, reports said.
Alalam - Syria
After the lightning speed of the earlier campaign that saw the border town of Jarabulus taken on the first day of the offensive, the Turkish army has suffered increasing casualties in the fight for Al Bab.
The ISIS-held town of Al Bab, 25 kilometres from the Turkish border, has become the main target of the Turkey and its supported Syrian rebels of Free Syria Army (FSA) more than three-month campaign inside Syria.
One of the wounded was in a serious condition, the Dogan news agency reported. It said the deaths came in clashes with ISIS terrorists which were ongoing.
The Amaq news agency, affiliated to ISIS, said a suicide attack was carried out against the Syrian rebels and Turkish troops west of Al Bab, without giving further details.
Around two dozen Turkish soldiers are believed to have lost their lives since Ankara launched its operation Euphrates Shield in August, with most of the deaths blamed on ISIS attacks.
Source: Al Alam