Turkish forces have killed 18 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after jihadists tried to sneak into a training camp in the Bashiqa region of northern Iraq late on Jan. 7, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed on Jan. 8.

“I have been told that some 18 Daesh terrorists who tried to sneak into the Bashiqa camp were neutralized,” Erdoğan said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL while preferring the word “neutralized” which may be employed to mean either killed or apprehended.

“There are no wounded friends; we have no such knowledge at the moment,” Erdoğan added, referring to reports of Turkish soldiers being wounded in the attack. […]