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3 Turkish soldiers killed but Syrian gov’t casualties much higher: Erdoğan

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Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Thursday said the latest developments in military activity in Syria’s Idlib region were favorable to Ankara, adding that Syrian regime forces killed three Turkish troops yesterday but that the casualties sustained by the Damascus government were much higher.

Speaking at a ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) politics seminar, he underlined that Turkey entered northwestern Syria under the terms of the Adana agreement.

The accord was signed between Ankara and Damascus in 1998 giving Turkey the right to launch military operations in Syrian territory in terrorism-related matters.

Erdoğan also said talks with Russia on Syria would continue.

Turkey’s defense ministry early Thursday announced that a Syrian government attack in Idlib had killed two Turkish soldiers.

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