5 More Turkish Soldiers Perish Under Syrian Army Artillery Fire in Syria
Turks fired at the Syrian army and the Syrians fired back
Earlier today reports broke out that the Turkish military — which had recently greatly bolstered its numbers in Syria’s AQ-held Idlib — had joined the Islamist rebels in a counter-offensive against the Syrian army, which would mean Turkey had joined the war in Syria on al-Qaeda’s side. That turned out to be a mere virtual “Twitter” offensive, albeit something like that can’t be excluded for the future.
In the meantime in real life, the Syrian army continued its dive and captured a few more settlements:
— Syrian Civil War Map (@CivilWarMap) February 10, 2020
Another thing which happened is that Erdogan got 5 more of his soldiers killed and just as many wounded. Turkish artillery at Taftanaz airbase which they had recently occupied started firing at Syrian army positions in the key strategic town of Saraqib. The Syrians returned fire, killing 5 Turkish soldiers, and destroying some artillery pieces:
— Liveuamap MiddleEast (@lummideast) February 10, 2020
#Turkey helicopter, seen about 30 minutes ago near #Syria borders, heading into #Idlib, reportedly to evacuate injured soldiers in #Taftanaz Airbase. The helo is seen passing over a convoy of tank transporters. pic.twitter.com/UoiptMdwKI
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) February 10, 2020
5 Turkish soldiers killed & 5 wounded in the Taftanaz air base, the largest concentration of Turkish soldiers inside Idlib, after shelling by the Syrian Army.
Turkish chopper flying over southern Turkey to evacuate the wounded. pic.twitter.com/FzgzTbOGe5
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) February 10, 2020
— UPDATE — The number of Turkish KIA from this incident has been updated to 6.