ALEPPO, Syria — The Turkish Defense Ministry recently announced the killing of a sergeant in an attack waged by unknown men Jan. 31 in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. The ministry tweeted Feb. 3 that Sgt. Basri Demirel of the Turkish city of Kayseri died in Hatay Hospital in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria, due to wounds he suffered in a terrorist attack on Turkish soldiers Jan. 31.
It was the latest in a series of such incidents. On Jan. 16, the little-known Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade targeted a Turkish army post in Batabo town in Aleppo’s western countryside. On Sept. 6, 2020, the jihadi group shot Turkish soldiers in Maataram near Ariha in the south of Idlib, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding another. And on Aug. 27, 2020, the same group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack near a Turkish post in the Jisr al-Shughur area in Idlib’s western countryside.