Turkey has complained about a lack of aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition for its operations against the Islamic State group in northern Syria.
THE COALITION NEEDS TO CARRY OUT ITS RESPONSIBILITIES
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters Monday that the coalition “needs to carry out its responsibilities especially on the issue of providing aerial backing.”
His comments come days after Turkish troops, trying to recapture the IS-held town of al-Bab, suffered heavy casualties. A total of 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in fighting in al-Bab last week and a 17th soldier died Monday from his previous injuries.
TURKEY SENT GROUND TROOPS INTO NORTHERN SYRIA
Turkey sent ground troops into northern Syria in August to assist Syrian opposition forces in clearing a border area of IS militants and to prevent Syrian Kurds from making greater territorial advances.
At least 38 Turkish soldiers have been killed in northern Syria since then.