ISTANBUL – A Turkish soldier was shot dead at the border with Syria in southern Turkey by an unidentified assailant who opened fire from Syrian territory, the Dogan news agency reported on Thursday.
The shooting occurred in the Reyhanli district of Turkey’s Hatay province. Dogan gave no further details and the shooting could not immediately be confirmed. One soldier was killed and another is still missing after a cross-border shooting with Islamic State fighters last week near the Turkish
town of Kilis, further east. Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper said on Saturday that the missing soldier had been seen in a hospital run by Islamic State. If confirmed, his capture could become a major challenge for Turkey, after it stepped up military action against Islamic State in July, opening its air bases to US-led coalition war planes and launching air strikes.