Turkish forces strike back after five soldiers killed in Syria’s Idlib

Turkish forces strike back after five soldiers killed in Syria’s Idlib
In the wake of another deadly attack on Turkish troops in northwestern Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry on Monday (February 10) said its forces rapidly retaliated against the Assad regime under the rules of engagement and its right to legitimate self-defense.

On Twitter, the Defense Ministry said that 115 Assad regime targets were hit and 101 regime military personnel neutralized.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry added that three tanks, two howitzer positions, and one regime helicopter were also hit.

The ministry also said that Turkey's retaliation against the Assad regime will continue under the rules of legitimate self-defense.

Earlier Monday at least five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured in an attack by Assad regime militias in Idlib, northwestern Syria.

This followed last week’s attack by regime forces in Idlib which martyred seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian contractor working with the Turkish military and injured more than a dozen people. In retaliation, Turkey last week struck over 50 targets and killed 76 Assad militiamen.

Idlib has been a stronghold of the Syrian opposition since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

Turkey has poured 5,000 troops and convoys of military vehicles across the border, carrying tanks, armoured personnel carriers and radar equipment to bolster its existing military positions.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

But more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by Assad regime and Russia since then, flouting both the 2018 cease-fire and a new one that started on Jan. 12.

Based on AA

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