TWENTY-NINE Turkish troopers had been killed final evening in an air strike by Russian-backed Syrian forces in Idlib.
With three earlier casualties, it marks Turkey’s largest single-day demise toll since intervening in Syria’s civil battle in 2016.
It comes after a Russian delegation held two days of talks in Ankara over the battle.
Turkish officers mentioned all recognized Syrian authorities targets had been now underneath assault in retaliation.
It mentioned the assaults occurred in an space between the villages of al-Bara and Baliun close to the Jabal al-Zawiya area within the southern Idlib countryside.
The air strike got here after Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern city from authorities forces on Thursday, opposition activists mentioned, chopping a key freeway simply days after the federal government reopened it for the primary time since 2012.
Regardless of dropping the city of Saraqeb, Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s forces made main positive aspects to the south.
Assad’s forces have captured dozens of villages over the previous few days, together with main insurgent strongholds.
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Syria’s Protection Ministry mentioned insurgents had been utilizing Turkey-supplied transportable surface-to-air missiles to assault Syrian and Russian plane.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition battle monitoring group, mentioned opposition fighters seized the city of Saraqeb after intense bombardment by Turkish troops.
Turkey and Russia help reverse sides in Syria’s brutal civil battle, with Ankara backing the opposition and Moscow backing Assad.
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