ANKARA — Two Turkish soldiers were killed, 15 others wounded during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in town Al-Bab of northern Syria, Turkish General Staff stated on Wednesday.
The Turkish army stated that strategic hills overlooking Al-Bab were captured by the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army and clashes resumed for the full control of the town. (Turkey-IS)
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ISTANBUL — A total of 497 earthquakes, mostly minor ones, have stricken Turkey’s northwestern province of Canakkale over the past three days, forcing relief agencies to set up container shelters in the region, local media reported on Wednesday.
The first wave of the tremors was recorded early Monday morning at Ayvacik district with a magnitude of 5.3, which left 8 people with minor injuries, according to the Canakkale governor’s office. (Turkey-Earthquakes)
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DAMASCUS — The Syrian Ministry of Justice denied a report released by Amnesty International about mass hangings of detainees in a military prison near capital Damascus.
In a statement carried by state news agency SANA earlier on Wednesday, the ministry said such a report aims to “tarnish Syria’s reputation on the international arena, particularly after victories of the Syrian army in many areas recently.” (Syria-Prison)
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TIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi government forces repelled an attack by extremist Islamic State (IS) group militants on Wednesday against military posts in Iraq’s Salahudin province, a provincial security source told Xinhua.
The incident occurred after midnight when dozens of IS militants attacked the posts of the government-backed Hashd Shaabi paramilitary units in the rugged area by the mountain of Himreen, sparking heavy clashes, the source said on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS) Enditem