Three soldiers were killed and one was injured on Friday when Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants hit a Turkish tank in Tal al-Hawa, northern Syria, the Turkish Armed Forces have announced.
The number of Turkish soldiers killed during Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on Aug. 24, has now reached seven.
Another three Turkish soldiers were killed and five others were wounded after ISIL launched a rocket attack on two Turkish tanks near the village of al-Waqf in northern Syria on Sept. 6.
One soldier died and three were wounded when rockets hit two Turkish tanks south of the Syrian border city of Jarabulus on Aug. 27, hours after Turkish planes struck Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions.
Rebels allied with Turkey on Sept. 4 declared that they had cleared terrorist ISIL elements from the last stretch of the Turkish border with Syria.
It was hallmark progress in Turkey’s bid to secure the 90-kilometer (55 miles) corridor and marks a significant step in Ankara’s plan to stop the expansion of Kurdish militias towards the west. With this, ISIL no longer controls any part of the border and has been removed from NATO’s southeastern frontier in an operation backed by Turkish tanks and troops.