Islamic State car bomb attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in al-Bab

Uncomfirmed image of aftermath of IS car bomb attack in al-Bab in January 2017.

The number of Turkish casualties continues rising in Ankara’s Euphrates Shield operation in Syria.

Five Turkish soldiers were killed today in an Islamic State (IS) attack in northern Syria’s al-Bab according to military sources.

The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces confirmed in a statement that 5 soldiers had died and 9 injured in an IS car-bomb assault in the Suflaniyah area of al-Bab.

The Euphrates Shield operation was launched in August 2016 and entered its 150th day today. Ankara described the operation as part of its fight against “terrorist groups” on its border and to prevent a “Kurdish corridor from emerging in the region.”

According to Turkish sources 52 soldiers have died so far in the operation.