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Turkish soldier missing on Syrian border after shootout with ISIL


Turkish soldier missing on Syrian border after shootout with ISIL

Two wounded Turkish soldiers have been rushed to hospital in Turkey’s southeastern province of Kilis after cross-border fire from ISIL extremists in Syria. One of the soldiers later died A third has been reported missing.

His fate raises the spectre of another possible hostage scenario involving Turkish citizens.

Turkey has a 900km long border with Syria. It has been a reluctant partner in the fight against ISIL extremists , but in July stepped up its involvement, launching air strikes and opening its air bases to the US-led coalition.

Diplomats say Ankara’s decision to launch attacks against ISIL has increased the risk of reprisals

Turkey’s security headache has further worsened since the July collapse of a ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), sparking a new wave of tit-for-tat attacks across eastern Turkey that have killed hundreds of people.

On Tuesday (Sept 1) a police commissioner and a fellow police officer were wounded in the eastern province of Batman after suspected PKK staged an attack on the car in which they were traveling.

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