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One Turkish soldier killed by fire from IS territory in Syria

AFP , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015
Turkish . Syria
Turkish army tanks hold positions near the border with Syria, in the outskirts of the village of Elbeyi, east of the town of Kilis, in southeaster Turkey, Thursday. Suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from a region under its control, inside Syrian territory Thursday, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others, an official said. Turkish troops retaliated (AP)
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A Turkish soldier was killed on Tuesday by fire from Islamic State-held territory on the Syrian side of the border and another soldier was missing, the local governor said.

The incident took place in the border region of Kilis and the soldier died of his wounds in hospital after an exchange of fire with smugglers, Kilis governor Suleyman Tapsiz said, cited by Dogan news agency.

Another soldier was missing following the incident, Tapsiz said, without elaborating.

Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against jihadists in Syria and Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq after a series of attacks on Turkish soil, including a suicide bombing blamed on IS that killed 32 pro-Kurdish activists in the town of Suruc in July.

Turkish tanks opened fire on targets controlled by IS jihadists in Syria for the first time in July after two Turkish soldiers were killed in Kilis by shots from the Syrian side of the border.

Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against IS in Syria after Washington urged Ankara to play a full role in the battle against the jihadists.

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