Turkish-backed rebels down Syrian helicopter in northwestern city: ministry

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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels downed a helicopter believed to belong to the Syrian government in northwestern Syria’s Nairab town, Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Tuesday, as clashes continued in the region, according to Reuters.

TRT Haber did not provide any further details. The incident comes a day after Syrian government forces killed five Turkish soldiers in northwestern Syria, prompting retaliation from Turkish troops in the region.

The Turkish Defense Ministry also said Syrian government forces had left the town of Nairab in the southeastern part of Aleppo province.

Syrian government attacks have killed 13 Turkish soldiers in Idlib over the past week, prompting retaliation from Ankara. A Turkish official said earlier that the Syrian rebels could regain territory they lost in the region.

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