February 28, 2020 / 11:26 AM / 5 months ago

Turkey says attack on troops happened despite coordination with Russia - Anadolu

FILE PHOTO: Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar attends a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday that air strikes in Syria’s Idlib region which killed 33 of its troops happened despite coordination with Russian officials on the ground, and that the attacks continued after a warning being made after the first strikes, according to state media.

State-owned Anadolu news agency reported Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as making the comments. Akar also said 309 Syrian government soldiers, which are backed which are backed by Moscow, were killed in retaliation.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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