Turkish Defense Minister Holds Meeting After Soldiers’ Death During Operation – Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has met with the country’s military command following reports of the deaths of two Turkish soldiers in the zone of the operation in Syria and Iraq, Turkish daily Milliyet reported.

On Saturday, Turkish media, citing the country’s defense ministry, reported that two soldiers died and another three were wounded during the country’s “Claw-Sword” operation. NTV, citing the Ministry of Defense, reported that another soldier died after being struck by lightning.

Milliyet reported that Akar met with Turkey’s military command in Ankara on Saturday evening. According to the newspaper, the defense minister returned ahead of schedule from Konya, where he participated in events with the president.

Since November 20, Turkey has been conducting an air operation against militant bases of the People’s Defense (Protection) Units (YPG) and Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) groups banned in Turkey in northern Syria and Iraq. The attacks followed recent deadly terrorist attacks on Turkish territory. A total of 89 targets were destroyed during the operation, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the operation a success, raising the possibility of conducting an additional ground operation soon.

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