Turkish Airstrikes, Artillery Target 150 ISIL Positions during Al-Bab Operation
00:42, Feb 11, 2017
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The Kremlin said Friday that Turkey had provided Russian forces with the target location for air strikes in Syria that accidentally killed three Turkish troops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip.
"Russian jets were carrying out a military mission to destroy IS positions in the area of Al-Bab", a Defense Ministry statement said.
"Russian officials have said that the incident was an accident", the army said, adding an investigation is being carried out by both sides.
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There are reports coming in about the fighting in Al Bab, with one suggesting Turkish troops are engaged in fighting with Syrian army forces, but this has not been confirmed.
'It was agreed on enhancing coordination on the military side in Syria during operations against militants and other extremist organisations'. "Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the coordinates of that point were given by Turkish side: ".
Army General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, spoke on the telephone with his Turkish counterpart, General Hulusi Akaru, to discuss the situation around Al-Bab, and also expressed his condolences.
Erdogan said the operation, dubbed "Euphrates Shield", was aimed at "terror groups" such as Daesh and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a US-backed Kurdish group based in Syria.
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Before Thursday's casualties were reported, the Dogan news agency said 66 Turkish soldiers have now been killed in the Syria operation since it began in August, mostly in attacks by IS. With Turkey-backed FSA fighters closing in on the town from the north, east and west, the Assad regime closed in on al-Bab from the south.
Russian Federation and Turkey had been on opposing sides of the almost six-year Syrian conflict, with Moscow backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Ankara supported the rebels.
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