Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria after an attack on military convoy
DAMASCUS, (BM) – In the village of Makhambel in the Syrian province of Idlib, unidentified attacked a Turkish convoy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lenta.ru.
First, two explosions rang out, then a firefight broke out between the parties. According to the agency, there are reports of deaths among the Turkish military, but their number is not called. Additional forces of the Turkish Armed Forces are drawn to the scene of the collision.
At the moment, it is not known who is responsible for the ambush, but Turkish journalist Omer Ozkizilcik in his Twitter account said that the military was attacked by militants “Urras al-Din,” a group associated with the Al terrorist organization banned in Russia Qaeda. ” Officially, this information has not yet been confirmed.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone ones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus could use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began. Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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