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Three Turkish Soldiers Killed In Recent Northeast Syria Bombing: Opposition Commander

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Three Turkish Soldiers Killed In Recent Northeast Syria Bombing: Opposition Commander

Turkish forces are seen at Mount Barsaya in northeast of Afrin, January 28, 2018 / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Three Turkish service members were killed in the recent car bomb attack in northeast Syria, al-Quds al-Arabi reported on March 6 citing a commander in the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).

The commander told the London-based newspaper that several other Turkish soldiers were also injured in the attack. The deadly bombing targeted a checkpoint next to the town of Hamam al-Turkman in northern Raqqa.

“This was the first car bomb attack to target Turkish checkpoints in the Eastern Euphrates areas,” al-Quds al-Arabi quoted the unnamed commander as saying.

The car bomb attack also claimed the lives of at least two militants of the SNA. Many others were reportedly injured.

A few months ago, the Turkish military established 41 checkpoints between the border towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad in northeast Syria. The step was meant to improve security in Turkish-occupied areas. However, it has clearly failed.

The Turkish Ministry of National Defense has not acknowledged any losses in Hamam al-Turkman bombing so far. However, the information reported by al-Quds al-Arabi was confirmed by many other sources.

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