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Turkish defence minister says 35 soldiers killed in Syria incursion since Aug 24

Reuters , Thursday 22 Dec 2016
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik listens to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 (Photo: AP)
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The number of Turkish soldiers killed in recent attacks by Islamic State militants near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab has risen to 16, Turkey's defence minister said on Thursday, adding that three other soldiers were seriously wounded.

Speaking at a parliamentary commission in Ankara, Isik said a total of 35 Turkish soldiers have been killed since the start of Turkey-backed rebels' incursion into northern Syria that began on August 24, an operation dubbed 'Euphrates Shield'.

Isik said a total of 1,005 Islamic State militants have been "neutralised" during the same period. He added that Islamic State has been putting up fierce resistance near al-Bab.

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