A funeral ceremony was held in Sanliurfa, Turkey for a soldier killed during the country’s operation in northeast Syria, Sunday, October 20.
READ MORE: One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded Sunday after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria’s Tel Abyad, the defense ministry said, despite a deal to pause military operations as militants withdraw from the area.
President Tayyip Erdogan agreed Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone Turkey aims to form in northeast Syria near its border.
On Saturday, the truce was holding along the border, with just a few Turkish military vehicles crossing, a Reuters reporter at the scene said. But Sunday’s attack has underlined how fragile the agreement is.
Ankara regards the YPG, the main component of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a terrorist group because of its links to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey. The YPG has been a close U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State.