ISIS terrorists have seized two Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks and a bulldozer from Turkish forces near the Syrian city of al-Bab, the ISIS-linked news agency ‘Amaq’ said in a statement on December 22.
The statement added that pro-Turkey militants and the Turkish Armed Forces lost over 70 fighters in the recent clashes and sucide bomb attacks.
A statement by Amaq:
On December 22, the third ISIS suicide bomber targeted Turkish forces in the area and them ISIS units attacked them. As result of this, pro-Turkey fighters fled from western al-Bab to Azraq, according to Amaq.
The Turkish army confirmed that 16 its soldiers were killed near al-Bab.
The Turkish military also claimed that it had destroyed 90 ISIS targets in al-Bab killing 67 terrorists, but this cannot be confirmed by photo or video proofs.
The Leopard 2A4 is the most widespread version of the Leopard 2 family. In 2005 Turkey ordered 298 Leopard 2 tanks from German army stocks. Leopard 2A4 battle tanks in Syria are operated by Turkish military personnel and have not been delivered to pro-Turkey militants.