A Turkish service member was killed and four others were injured in an “accident” in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced on February 8.
In an official statement, the ministry said that the service members were aboard a vehicle that was involved in a road accident in the “Peace Spring” region. The service member killed in the accident was identified by the ministry as Piyade Uzman Onbasi.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Turkish military had withdrawn from several positions in northeast Syria.
The London-based monitoring group said that Turkish forces evacuated positions in the vicinity of the border town of Tell Abyad and the nearby villages of Shrkrak, Ali Bajilah, Khrab Rz and Kurmaza.
Turkey provided no official comment on the surprise withdrawal. However, it could be related to the Turkish-Russian agreement on northeast Syria that was reached last year.