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Five Turkish soldiers killed in Syria attack

Filed on February 10, 2020 | Last updated on February 10, 2020 at 09.45 pm
Five, Turkish soldiers, killed, Syria attack, northwest Syria, Turkish military


Turkey said it retaliated for the latest strike.

Syrian government forces killed five Turkish soldiers in northwest Syria on Monday, Turkey's defence ministry said, after Turkey deployed thousands of troops there to stem a Syrian government offensive which has displaced half a million people.

The attack, on a newly established Turkish military base in Taftanaz in Idlib province, happened a week after eight Turkish military personnel were killed by Syrian army bombardment.

The two incidents marked some of the most serious direct confrontations between Turkish and Syrian troops in the nearly nine-year-long conflict in Syria, where Ankara backs rebels who once hoped to topple President Bashar Al Assad.

Turkey said it retaliated for the latest strike.

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