Kurdish-led force says it killed five Turkish troops in Syria, Ankara denies

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The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said on Friday that it had killed five Turkish troops in operations waged in response to Turkish drone attacks on areas under its control.

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The US-backed SDF said the operations had taken place on Thursday against two military bases where Turkish troops were stationed.

A Turkish defense ministry official, however, denied the SDF’s claim.

Earlier on Friday, the defense ministry said a Turkish soldier has died of injuries sustained in a rocket attack in Syria, Ankara’s first fatality since it launched a wave of airstrikes this week.

Turkey stepped up cross-border air raids against Kurdish targets in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq in retaliation for a bombing in Ankara that injured two policemen on Sunday.

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