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13 Turkish soldiers died in Idlib airstrike (sources)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least 13 Turkish soldiers died as a result of an airstrike at a Turkish Armed Forces observation post in the Syrian province of Idlib, a Turkish military source told RIA.

“Thirteen Turkish military were killed, several more were injured in an airstrike at a Turkish observation post in the village of Kansafra and al-Bara in Idlib province,” the source said.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Turkey was unable to fulfill several key commitments to solve the problems around Syrian Idlib.

In particular, she did not dissociate the armed opposition, which is ready for dialogue with the government in the framework of the political process, from terrorists.

So in the Russian-Turkish memorandum of September 18, 2018, agreed upon by the meeting of Presidents Putin and Erdogan, it was said that the status quo for the presence of the Turkish military was maintained, but subject to the de-escalation of all terrorist radical groups from the Idlib zone until October 15, 2018. It was also stipulated that “effective measures will be taken to ensure a stable cessation of hostilities” within the borders of this zone. Clause 7 of the memorandum called for joint Russian-Turkish patrols in the area.

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