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Turkish losses rise in dangerous escalation over Syria's Idlib

Reports came in of massive losses among Turkish troops as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his hawkish posturing toward the Syrian regime.
Syrian army soldiers walk along a street in Aleppo province, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on February 17, 2020.  SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE - RC2K2F9QWRFR

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were  killed in the Syrian province of Idlib today in an escalating confrontation between Russian-backed Syrian forces on one side and Turkish forces and their Sunni rebel allies on the other, marking the highest number of Turkish losses in a single day since the start of the civil conflict in Syria nine years ago.

The governor of the border province of Hatay who revealed the figures blamed the deaths on an air attack by the Syrian regime.

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