Turkey retaliates for airstrike with attacks on Syrian forces

Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the village of Maaret al-Naasan in Syria's northern Idlib countryside on February 16, 2020.

Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the village of Maaret al-Naasan in Syria’s northern Idlib countryside on February 16, 2020. Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP

Turkey on Sunday shot down two warplanes and attacked ground forces in northwestern Syria in retaliation for an airstrike that killed 36 Turkish soldiers last week, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said.

Armed Turkish drones fired at Syrian air bases while Turkish troops and allied rebel forces tried to push Syrian soldiers out of towns they had seized after driving out rebel fighters.

Turkey has been threatening for weeks to launch strikes against Syrian troops if they didn’t stop advancing toward Turkey’s border, sending a new wave of refugees fleeing Syria.

Greece sent troops to its border with Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was opening his country’s border to let refugees head to Europe, because his country could no longer accommodate all of the Syrians fleeing the war.

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