ANKARA, (BM) – Four Turkish observation posts and two military positions in Idlib are located in the territory controlled by the Syrian army, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said in an interview with the Associated Press, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing RIA Novosti.
He emphasized that Turkey will not leave any of its 12 observation posts in the province.
“We have said many times that we will not withdraw our personnel, soldiers, from there. They will continue their mission,” Akar said.
According to the minister, the Turkish military was ordered to take tough retaliatory measures when the Syrians attacked military posts.
On February 3, eight Turkish military and civilians were killed in shelling by the Syrian army in Idlib. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 76 Syrian soldiers became victims of the response.
On Monday, Ankara announced the neutralization of 101 Syrian troops. This happened after five Turkish soldiers died and five more were injured as a result of shelling by the Syrian troops. On Tuesday, the Turks said that another 51 people added to the list of dead Syrians.
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Source: RIA Novosti