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2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Attack on Syria Border

2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Attack on Syria Border

Thursday, 28 November, 2019 - 09:30
A Turkish soldier walks next to a Turkish military vehicle during a joint US-Turkey patrol, near Tel Abyad, Syria September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in southern Turkey in a mortar attack near a military base in the town of Akcakale on the Syrian border, Turkey's defense ministry said on Thursday.

The attack took place on Wednesday and targeted a base across from the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, which Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies seized in a military operation against the Kurdish YPG last month, the ministry said.

Turkish forces had immediately opened intense artillery fire towards the source of the attack, a ministry statement said, and operations in the region continued.

Akcakale lies adjacent to areas that were targeted in Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria last month.

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