ISIS Claims The Capture of Two Turkish Soldiers Missing in Syria

Turkish soldier entering Syria
This picture taken around 5 kilometres west from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 25, 2016 shows a soldier gesturing as Turkish Army tanks drive to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus. Turkey's army said late Tuesday that two of its soldiers had gone missing in Syria. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

The Turkish military said it lost contact on Tuesday with two of its soldiers deployed in northern Syria, although it stopped short of confirming an Islamic State claim that the militant group had kidnapped a pair of Turkish soldiers.

The army said that contact was lost at around 3:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT). It did not give any further details.

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Islamic State's Amaq news agency earlier said that Islamic State fighters had captured two Turkish soldiers near a village west of al-Bab in the Aleppo countryside. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the claim.

Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria in August, sending tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border. It aims to sweep Islamic State from a roughly 90-km (56-mile) strip of the Syrian border and prevent Kurdish militia groups from seizing territory in their wake.

Islamic State is believed to have kidnapped a Turkish soldier near Turkey's border with Syria in the summer of 2015. His whereabouts are still unknown.