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Two Turkish soldiers killed by IS rocket attack

The rocket attack took place in a region which has been used by Turkey to create a second front in their fight against IS. Photograph: (Getty)

Istanbul, Turkey Sep 06, 2016, 05.38 PM (IST)

Turkey reported its first casualties in their two-week offensive against Islamic State in northern Syria, its military said. 

Two soldiers were killed and five wounded in a rocket attack by IS in al-Waqf.

"Two of our hero comrades were martyred and five were wounded in a rocket attack on two of our tanks by Daesh (another term for IS) elements," Turkish news channel NTV quoted the army statement.  

Two fighters from the Free Syrian Army, which is a pro-Turkey group, were killed and as many injured in another attack in the same region.

The attacks occurred in south of Al-Rai, the region where Turkish forces have created a second front in their fight against IS. Al-Rai is also close to Jarablus, a town reclaimed by Turkish-backed rebels in the initial days of its operation named Euphrates Shield.

The military operation has largely been successful as Turkish forces and Ankara-led rebels have managed to drive out IS jihadists from several border towns of Syria and Turkey.

The offensive, however, came in for criticism from the US a few days back for attacking Kurdish fighters. 

Although People's Protection Units (YPG) is backed by the US to fight the IS in Syria, Ankara views the group as a terrorist organisation. That's because Turkey has been fighting decades-long insurgency apparently waged by some elements in the YPG. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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