Syrian Warplanes Kill Turkish Soldiers Fighting in Syria – New York Times
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday by Syrian government forces for the first time while fighting inside Syria since the civil war there began, the Turkish military announced.
The Turkish troops were advancing toward Al Bab, a city in the north held by the Islamic State, close to the border with Turkey, the military said.
The announcement that three soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded heightened the tensions between Syria and Turkey, neighbors that have powerful allies. The Syrian government is backed by Russia and Iran. Turkey, a member of NATO, began a major offensive in northern Syria in August as part of its fight against the Islamic State.
Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, told Hurriyet, a leading Turkish newspaper, that the attack would “not be left unanswered,” and he said it would not deter his country’s army from its mission in northern Syria.
“It is obvious that there are some who are unhappy with Turkey’s fight against Daesh,” he told the newspaper, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. He added that Turkey would retaliate against those who carried out the attack.