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Turkey Forcefully Recruits Refugees for Military Operations in Northern Syria

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According to reports, the Turkish government recruits Syrian male refugees aged 18 to 35 years old in order to send them to northern Syria to fight in the ranks of Turkish mercenaries.

Turkey Forcefully Recruits Refugees for Military Operations in Northern Syria

A Turkish tank passes a Kurdish militia member on a mission into Syria (Photo: AP / Depo Photos / Mursel Coban)

Syrian male refugees aged 18 to 35 years old have been recruited by the Turkish government in order to send them to fight in the ranks of its mercenaries within the framework of Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, the al-Hadath news portal reported on Thursday. While social network activists have confirmed this report and published photos, showing white buses in Gaziantep, which were used to transport refugees back to battlefields in northern Syria, sources, close to terrorist groups, have denied this information.

“The Turkish authorities force any Syrian refugee of suitable age to get to the white buses in order to be taken back to northern Syria to fight in Ankara’s Euphrates Shield Operation,” the report reads.

On Saturday, media reported that the Turkish Army suffered heavy losses in its operation against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in northern Syria.

According to the Russian Kommersant newspaper, the Turkish forces suffered heavy casualties in Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, which was started four months ago. As the newspaper reported, at least 16 Turkish soldiers were killed, while 33 others were wounded during only one day of fighting.

The Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militant groups face stiff resistance of the IS in the town of al-Bab, located in the northern part of Aleppo province. The terrorist group surprised Turkish troops and their allies with its suicide fighters, who managed to inflict major losses to the Turkish-led forces. The casualties of the Turkish Army have been unprecedentedly high since the start of the operation on August 24.

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