Turkish soldier killed, 3 injured in Syria
One Turkish soldier was killed during clashes with "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) fighters in Syria as Ankara's operation in the country's north approaches its second month, AFP reported Wednesday (October 5th).
Three other soldiers were slightly injured in the confrontation with ISIL in Ziyara, east of Al-Rai town, the official Anadolu news agency said, quoting the Turkish armed forces.
Some 18 ISIL fighters were killed, Anadolu said.
The latest death raises to 11 the number of soldiers killed since Turkey began its operation on August 24th to remove ISIL elements from its border.
At the weekend, Ankara extended its current mandate for a year to allow military action in Syria and Iraq against ISIL and other groups that Turkey deems "terrorists".