Erdogan Keen to Spare Russia Ties as Turkey Hits Syrian Forces
Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok
,Bloomberg•February 3, 2020
(Bloomberg) -- Turkey tried to keep a deadly clash with Syrian forces from drawing in regional powerbroker Russia as it ordered retaliatory strikes.
Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian were killed and seven people wounded Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major opposition bastion in Syria, where government forces backed by the Russian air force are trying to vanquish onetime al-Qaeda affiliates and Turkey-backed rebels.
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