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Conflict in Idlib: Turkish army attacked

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey has sent reinforcements to Syria following an attack that left at least four Turkish soldiers dead. Ankara announced the neutralization of 35 members of the Syrian army who also launched the attack. Turkey’s ally, Russia, says it was unaware of the operation.

Turkey has reciprocally responded to an attack in Syria that left at least 4 Turkish soldiers killed and nine others injured Monday.

The troops were heavily attacked by Syrian forces in the city of Sarakeb as they sought to exacerbate the fighting between the local army and terrorist groups in the Idlib region.

The Turkish ministry said their operations had been announced before, but Russia, an ally of Ankara in the Syrian war, stated that they themselves were unaware.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised revenge and the use of artillery, mortars and aircraft to neutralize dozens of Syrian fighters.

“We have told our Russian counterparts that our opponents are not you, but the regime directly, so do not go ahead with us. Operations for the security of our state, people and our brothers in Idlib will continue and those who are in doubt are mistaken. it does not achieve the result we want, I will speak with my counterpart Vladimir Putin to express the grave situation,” President Erdogan stated.

Since 2017, Idlib has been declared a non-conflict zone in the agreement between Turkey, Russia and Iran, but Syria under President Bashar al-Assad is accused of violating the ceasefire.

The decades-long war has claimed the lives of more than 1,600 civilians, while another 1.3 million have fled to Turkey for security reasons.

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