Turkey Shoots Down Drone Near Syria Border
ANKARA, Turkish army, on Sunday, shot down a drone that violated Turkish airspace for six times, the Defence Ministry, said.
Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets tracked down the drone, after its repeated violations of Turkish airspace, but which country the drone belonged to, could not be immediately determined, said the ministry.
The violations occurred in the operation centre of Euphrates Shield, and the southern province of Kilis, the ministry’s statement said, noting that, the wreckage of the drone was found in Kilis, between a military base and a temporary sheltering centre for refugees.
In 2018, Turkey launched an air and ground offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, that Ankara considers as a terrorist group in Afrin, in northern Syria.
The main objective is to clear the Kurdish forces from its 900-km-long border with Syria.
Now, Turkey is in talks with the United States for setting up a safe zone in the east of the Euphrates, which also aims at sweeping up the Kurdish fighters to the south.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/turkey-shoots-down-drone-near-syria-border/General