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Two Turkish soldiers killed in YPG attack in northern Syria

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an attack on their armoured vehicle in northern Syria, and Turkish forces immediately launched retaliatory fire, Turkey’s defence ministry said on Saturday.

“Our punitive fire against terrorist positions is continuing,” the statement on Twitter on said.

It said the attack was in the region where Turkey launched the cross-border “Euphrates Shield” operation in 2016 to drive away Islamic State militants and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Media reports said the attack was in the al-Bab area.

Turkey continues to hold sway in northwest Syria and has a significant military presence there.

Ankara considers the YPG, which forms the backbone of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a “terrorist” group linked to Kurdish separatist group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), inside Turkey.

PKK is designated as a “terrorist group” by the United States and the European Union.

Al Jazeera’s Resul Serdar, reporting from Istanbul, said Turkish forces have “retaliated (against) YPG positions” from its military posts in the area. “It seems that these attacks are going to continue through the night,” Serdar said.

(Al Jazeera, euronews)

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