The Turkish military announced on Saturday that one soldier was killed during an operation in the Afrin region of Syria.
Muhammed Ali Kalo, a 25-year-old lieutenant, was reportedly killed during a clash with the Kurdish guerilla.
According to several social media users, Kalo’s brother, who was also a lieutenant, was dismisssed from the Turkish army with a gov’t decree issued after the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and subsequently put in pre-trial detention on terror and coup charges. He is still in prison.
The military had said on Saturday that a total of 32 military members have been killed and 183 injured since the beginning of the operation on Jan. 20.
The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin region of Syria against the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey sees as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 8 said Turkey would not allow a Kurdish corridor in Syria extending along the Turkish border to the Mediterranean.
Turkey with Free Syrian Army forces took control of the Jarablus and Al Bab areas in northern Syria during an operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] militants between August 2016 and March 2017.
More than 70 soldiers were lost during Operation Euphrates Shield, which was evaluated as a strategic move to prevent unification of areas controlled by the Kurdish PYD.