Turkish forces, rebels enter IS-held al-Bab city in northern Syria
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 13, 2017,
Feb 13, 2017, 0:53
A representative of the Turkish army said the three casualties in the northern town of Al Bab were the result of a "lack of agreement of coordinates during strikes by the Russian air force".
One Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded in clashes with militants on Sunday, the private Dogan news agency reported, citing military sources.
He said there had been a communications failure, adding: "There should not have been Turkish soldiers within the limits of these coordinates".
Turkey began operations to remove IS from Syria in August.
President Vladimir Putin promptly called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express regrets over what the Russian leader called a "tragic incident".
Turkey and Russian Federation back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, with Moscow supporting the Assad regime but Ankara pushing for the president's ouster.
In a news conference following his party's board meeting on the upcoming constitutional referendum, Devlet Bahceli criticized Russian Federation for the bombing of Turkish troops in the Daesh-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria. Fighting has continued around Aleppo and in other parts of Syria despite a Russia- and Turkey-sponsored cease-fire.
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The Turkish-led forces entered al-Bab from the northwest, seizing control of several neighbourhoods.
Syria's army advanced on Friday to the outskirts of a key Islamic State group bastion that is also being targeted by Turkey's army and allied forces, a monitor said.
"Al-Bab is now besieged from all fronts".
On Saturday, Turkey's military forces and allied Syrian rebels entered the city of al-Bab for the first time after months of clashes with ISIS. There was no immediate comment from Russian Federation.
Another fight against IS is raging in east and northeast Syria, where Kurdish troops, backed by the United States, are advancing against the IS in the militants' de facto capital of Raqqa.
In addition, 174 Daesh targets, including shelters, headquarters, defence positions and vehicles were destroyed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish Land Forces' support.