ISIL fighters claim to have captured two Turkish soldiers in northeren Syria. According to the jihadists’ news agency Amaq the two were taken near the village of al-Bab. Turkey has only confirmed that contact with the men has been lost.
The Islamic State claims to capture two Turkish soldiers in Dana village west of al-Bab pic.twitter.com/f16ILGaSYX— John Arterbury (@JohnArterbury) November 29, 2016
Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria in August, sending tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border. It aims to sweep ISIL from a roughly 90-km strip of the Syrian border and prevent Kurdish militia groups from seizing territory in their wake.
Since launching the ground offensive Turkey has become an increasing target for the militants.