Turkish soldier killed by roadside bomb in northeast Syria

November 4, 2019 GMT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says one of its soldiers has been killed by roadside bomb in northeastern Syria.

That brings Turkey’s military death toll to 14 since launching its incursion into Syrian Kurdish-held areas on Oct. 9.

Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency, citing the defense ministry, said Monday that the soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that had been identified by the military.

The Turkish invasion aims to push Syrian Kurdish fighters away from its borders. Turkey considers them terrorists, but the same fighters had made the core of the U.S.-backed force that battled the Islamic State group.


Turkey has agreed to a cease-fire brokered by Russia, in which Kurdish fighters would withdraw 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border.

Both sides have accused each other of violations.