Kremlin: Turkey gave target for mistaken Syria strike

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The Kremlin has said that Turkey had provided Russian forces with the target location for air strikes in Syria that accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said on Friday that “there should not have been Turkish soldiers within the limits of these coordinates”.

Besides the three fatalities, 11 soldiers wounded in Thursday’s incident, in which Russian forces, trying to target the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, hit a building where the troops were deployed, according to the Turkish army.

Russia and Turkey have joined forces against ISIL, also known as ISIS, around Al Bab, 30km south of the Syria-Turkey border, where Turkish forces are battling the group on the ground.

“The situation is obvious, unfortunately. Our military while launching strikes on terrorists followed coordinates that were given to us by our Turkish partners,” Peskov said.

Aljazeera

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