Turkish Armed Forces casualties in Syria

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During the course of the Syrian Civil War limited fighting at the Syria–Turkey border and Turkish military cross-border operations have caused casualties in the Turkish Armed Forces.

List of fatalities by operation[edit]

The following is a list of the fatal casualties among the regular Turkish Armed Forces by operation. In total 247–302 Turkish Forces servicemen have been reported killed:

Operation Date of operation Number of deaths Opponents
Prior to Operation Euphrates Shield 22 June 2012 – 23 August 2016 17[1] ISIS, YPG, Syrian Armed Forces & smugglers
Operation Euphrates Shield 24 August 2016 – 29 March 2017 72[2] ISIS & YPG
Operation Olive Branch 20 January 2018 – 9 August 2019 61[3]–96[4] YPG & Syrian Armed Forces
Turkish military operation in Idlib Governorate 7 October 2017 – present 69–83[5][note 1] Syrian Armed Forces & allies
After Operation Euphrates Shield 15 March 2019 1[6] YPG
Operation Peace Spring 9 October 2019 – 25 November 2019 16[7] Syrian Democratic Forces & Syrian Armed Forces
After Operation Peace Spring 26 November 2019 – present 11–17[8] Syrian Democratic Forces

In addition to the military fatalities: one Turkish civilian worker was killed in the area of Operation Olive Branch,[9] two Turkish civilian contractors were killed during operations in the Idlib Governorate[10][11] and two Turkish civilian drivers were killed in the area of Operation Peace Spring, following the operation's conclusion.[12]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Presented Turkish losses during the operation in Idlib Governorate do not include initial claims of 50–100 dead in the February 2020 Balyun airstrikes.[1][2][3][4] Instead, they include 33 soldiers killed in the airstrike confirmed by Turkey.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2 killed (22 June 2012),[6] 1 killed (2 May 2013),[7] 2 killed (March 2014),[8] 3 killed (21 July 2014),[9] 3 killed (9 December 2014),[10] 1 killed (22 February 2015),[11] 1 killed (24 July 2015),[12] 1 killed (1 September 2015),[13] 1 killed (15 February 2016),[14] 2 killed (14 August 2016),[15] total of 17 reported killed
  2. ^ "Fırat Kalkanı'nda Şehit Olan 72 Askerin Anısına, Afrin'e 72 Uçakla Saldırı Düzenlendi".
  3. ^ 54 killed (20 Jan.–6 July 2018),[16] 1 killed (13 Dec. 2018),[17] 1 killed (18 Feb. 2019),[18] 1 killed (31 March 2019),[19] 1 killed (4 May 2019),[20] 1 killed (26 June 2019),[21] 2 killed (11 Oct. 2019),[22] total of 61 reported killed
  4. ^ 93 killed (20 Jan. 2018–26 June 2019),[23] 1 killed (5 Aug. 2019),[24] 2 killed (11 Oct. 2019),[25] total of 96 reported killed
  5. ^ 1 killed (6 Feb. 2018),[26] 1 killed (6 April 2019),[27] 1 killed (28 June 2019),[28] 58 killed (3 Feb.-5 March 2020; per Turkish President),[29][30] 72 killed (3 Feb.-5 March 2020; per SOHR),[31][32][33] 3 killed (18-19 March 2020),[34] 1 killed (27 May 2020),[35] 1 killed (5 June 2020),[36] 1 killed (12 June 2020),[37] 1 killed (6 Sept. 2020) [38] 1 killed (9 Sep. 2020),[39] total of 69–83 killed
  6. ^ "Turkish soldier killed during operations in northern Syria". Archived from the original on 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  7. ^ "Bakan Akar: Yasaklanan hiçbir mühimmatı veya kimyasal silahı kullanmadık". aa.com.tr.
    Turkish soldier killed by accident in N Syria
    2 soldiers killed in YPG attack in SE Turkey
    2 Turkish soldiers martyred in terrorist attacks
  8. ^ 4–7 killed (9 Jan. 2020),[40][41] 3 killed (16 Jan. 2020),[42] 1 killed (8 Feb. 2020),[43] 1–4 killed (12–14 March 2020) [44][45] 1 killed (25 March 2020) [46] 1 killed (3 Aug. 2020),[47] total of 11–17 reported killed
  9. ^ Turkish civilian worker killed, three soldiers wounded in Syria’s Afrin
  10. ^ YPG terrorists attack Turkish military convoy in Idlib with car bomb, kill 1 civilian, injure 2 others
  11. ^ Syria war: Turkey will not let Syrian army advance in Idlib, says Erdogan
    Turkey to keep military observation posts in Idlib, Syria
  12. ^ Seven Turks killed or injured in land-mine explosion as Turkish forces loot grain silos in Tal Abyad