Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 February 2020

Three Turkish soldiers among 10 killed by car bomb in Syria

Turkish troops have been targeted regularly since last October’s cross-border offensive

A Turkish military vehicle on patrol in the Syrian village of Al Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad. AFP
A Turkish military vehicle on patrol in the Syrian village of Al Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad. AFP

Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack while carrying out roadside checks on vehicles in north-east Syria on Thursday, security sources said.

"Three of our brothers-in-arms fell as martyrs in a car bomb attack at a traffic stop," Turkey's defence ministry said in a statement.

Security sources said the attack was at the town of Suluk, 10km south-east of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, on the border with Turkey.

Both towns are in an area that Turkey and allied Syrian rebels took control of in a cross-border incursion launched last October against the Kurdish YPG militia.

Turkey's offensive was widely condemned by Ankara's Western allies, who said the assault could hinder the fight against the extremist group in Syria.

Ankara views the YPG, the main component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that helped the United States in the fight ISIS, as a terrorist group with links to Kurdish militants on Turkish soil.

Turkey's soldiers and their Syrian proxies are regularly targeted in attacks in northern Syria, the latest coming last week, when four Turkish soldiers were killed by a car bomb.

Updated: January 17, 2020 03:15 AM

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