Syria conflict Turkey military 26 Haziran 2019 - 15:09

Syrian Kurd militia attack kills Turkish soldier: ministry ATTENTION - Refiles to fix typo in par 3 /// Istanbul, June 26, 2019 (AFP) - A Turkish soldier was killed and five were wounded Wednesday in clashes with Syrian Kurdish militia forces, the defence ministry said. "Our hero comrade fell martyr and five were wounded during the clashes with the terrorists," the ministry said in a statement, referring to the People's Protection Units (YPG). It did not say where the exchange happened. The Britain-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a rocket attack on a Turkish position in northern Aleppo. Turkey says the YPG is a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and is branded as a terrorist group by Ankara. While Turkey's Western allies have also designated the PKK a terrorist organisation, they support the YPG as a crucial force in the fight against the Islamic State group. fo/er/mlr

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