The attack was said to have taken place near Ras al-Ayn, which saw much of the fighting during the Turkis offensive in the past month (Picture: PA).
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Turkish Soldier Dies After Kurdish Attack In Syria

Turkey says five others were reported injured near the border with Turkey.

The attack was said to have taken place near Ras al-Ayn, which saw much of the fighting during the Turkis offensive in the past month (Picture: PA).

The attack was said to have taken place near Ras al-Ayn, which saw much of the fighting during the Turkis offensive in the past month (Picture: PA).

Turkey says one of its soldiers has been killed and five others injured, after an attack by Kurdish fighters in north-east Syria.

The events follow a 'permanent' ceasefire arrangement in Syria, brokered by Russia.

The US President Donald Trump has largely taken credit for the end to a cross-border offensive from Turkey, after withdrawing troops from the northern region and brokering a five-day ceasefire soon before the deal with Russia.

The attack, which followed confirmation by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of an incident in the same region, took place within a 19-mile-deep border zone that is now being patrolled by Russia and Turkey.

It remains unconfirmed whether the Turkish and SDF statements were in reference to the same attack.

Under the agreement, the zone would be free from the SDF fighters considered terrorists by Turkey. Kurdish forces are withdrawing from under a US-backed ceasefire.

Turkey released a statement, claiming that attacks from opposing forces during Turkish "reconnaisance-surveillance" were met with "self-defence".

"The required response was given within the framework of self-defense and the targets determined were eliminated", said the Turkish defence ministry. 

The SDF claimed that two vehicles were destroyed during a battle in the region of Ras Al-Ain, also known as Rasulayn, with reports of a rocket and mortar attack from the Kurdish-led forces.

A 150-hour truce brokered by Russia, allowing Syrian Kurdish fighters to complete their withdrawal, runs out on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, in northwestern Syria, the leader of the so-called Islamic State group was killed during a US military operation. 

The Idlib province witnessed a two-hour raid carried out by US special forces, resulting in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonating an explosive vest - President Donald Trump announced.