September 28, 2016

Three Turkish soldiers wounded in ISIL drone attack in Syria

Three Turkish soldiers were slightly wounded in a drone attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group on Sept. 27, on the 35th day of Euphrates Shield operation in Syria.

Military sources said ISIL militants detonated a bomb-laden mini drone in the Wukuf region targeting Turkish soldiers. Three were slightly wounded in the attack and transferred to the border province of Kilis for treatment.

Meanwhile, Turkish warplanes also destroyed four buildings used by the jihadist group in the Tal-ar, Amiriyah and al-Eyyubiyah areas with Turkish-made HGK-1 bombs.

In addition, Turkish artillery units deployed on the border also fired 57 artillery rounds at 30 ISIL targets, according to the military.

The advance of Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to the south is continuing in the Azaz and al-Rai regions.

The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that a total of 1,337 targets have been hit since the beginning of the operation on Aug. 24.    

The Euphrates Shield Operation in Syria aims at bolstering border security, supporting U.S.-led coalition forces and eliminating the threat posed by terror elements in the region, especially ISIL.

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