ANKARA Turkey said it would retaliate after three of its soldiers were killed in what the military said was a suspected Syrian air strike, the first such deaths at the hands of Syrian government forces since Ankara launched a cross-border incursion in August.
The attack occurred at around 3:30 am on Thursday during a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel operation in northern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement.
It said 10 other soldiers were wounded in the air strike that it “assessed to have been carried out by Syrian regime forces”. It gave no details on the exact location.
“It is clear that some people are not happy with this battle Turkey has been fighting against Daesh (Islamic State). This attack will surely have a retaliation,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in the capital Ankara.
Seven more Turkish soldiers were wounded in a second attack in Syria later on Thursday and were …