Russian airstrike kills Turkish soldiers in Syria

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The strike hit a building near the town of al-Bab, believing it to contain Islamic State (IS) fighters rather than Turkish troops, Turkey's military said.

"It was agreed to enhance military coordination in the course of the operation in Syria against Islamic State fighters and other extremist organizations", the statement added.

Both the Turkish forces and the Syrian ones are fighting separately and haven't clashed with one another, as observers said it's a result of a Russian-Turkish coordination, which was reached when Turkey and Russia sponsored a cease-fire in Syria that went into effect on December 30.

And Russian jets have on occasion carried out air strikes in Al-Bab in support of the operation.

The Turkish military said in a statement that 58 ISIL fighters had been killed in air raids, artillery fire, and clashes.

Turkey and Russia recently repaired ties that were strained by Turkey's downing of Russian jet near the border with Syria two years ago.


A military source in Ankara told Sputnik on Thursday that Russian Federation and Turkey would not set up a joint commission to investigate the airstrike incident as the situation was "quite clear".

Reports suggest the rebels and government forces have reached an accommodation over al-Bab, orchestrated by Syria's key alley, Russia.

Since November, the operation has focused on taking the town of Al-Bab, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of the Turkish border, from Daesh.

The latest detentions came as Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey to discuss the fight against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq, making his first overseas trip since taking office.

They were reportedly helping Syrian rebels in a bid to capture the city of al-Bab from ISIS.

Syrian government forces have also advanced on al-Bab from the south, bringing them close to their Turkish and rebel enemies in one of the most complex battlefields of the six-year-old conflict.

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