At Least 18 ISIS Militants, Turkish Soldier Killed in Northern Syria, Army Officials Say

During clashes, which also killed two Syrian opposition fighters, Turkish-backed insurgents take control of four residential areas in latest move in Ankara's border offensive.

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Rebel fighters drive past damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, October 2, 2016.
Rebel fighters drive past damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, October 2, 2016.Credit: Khalil Ashawi, Reuters

Turkish military officials said on Wednesday at least 18 ISIS militants, two Syrian opposition fighters and a Turkish soldier were killed in clashes in northern Syria.

The officials said that the two rebels were killed in battles southwest of the town of al-Rai, during which the Turkish-backed opposition forces took control of four residential areas: Turkmen Bari, Kuaybah, Boztepe and Hardanah.

Separately, a Turkish soldier was killed and three others were slightly wounded in fighting in the opposition-held area of Ziyara, which a group of IS militants tried to infiltrate.

The Turkish military officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Turkey sent troops and tanks into Syria in August to help Syrian rebels re-take ISIS strongholds near the border.

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