Twenty-nine Turkish soldiers killed in ‘Russian air strike’ amid soaring tensions – The Sun

TWENTY-NINE Turkish soldiers were killed last night in an air strike by Russian-backed Syrian forces in Idlib.

With three earlier casualties, it marks Turkey’s largest single-day death toll since intervening in Syria’s civil war in 2016.

It comes after a Russian delegation held two days of talks in Ankara over the conflict.

Turkish officials said all known Syrian government targets were now under attack in retaliation.

It said the attacks occurred in an area between the villages of al-Bara and Baliun near the Jabal al-Zawiya region in the southern Idlib countryside.

The air strike came after Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government forces on Thursday, opposition activists said, cutting a key highway just days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012.

Despite losing the town of Saraqeb, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces made major gains to the south.

Assad's forces have captured dozens of villages over the past few days, including major rebel strongholds.

Syria's Defense Ministry said insurgents were using Turkey-supplied portable surface-to-air missiles to attack Syrian and Russian aircraft.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group, said opposition fighters seized the town of Saraqeb after intense bombardment by Turkish troops.

Turkey and Russia support opposite sides in Syria's brutal civil war, with Ankara backing the opposition and Moscow backing Assad.

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