Botched Russian Airstrike Kills 3 Turkish Soldiers Near ISIS Stronghold in Syria

Russia's Putin expresses his condolences to Turkish counterpart Erdogan, Kremlin says.

Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army members on the outskirts of al-Bab, Syria February 4, 2017.
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The Turkish army said on Thursday that Russian airstrikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in an anti-ISIS operation in northern Syria. Russia later confirmed its warplanes had carried out the botched strike.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call, the Kremlin said.

It said in a statement that the incident had taken place near the ISIS-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria.

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters resumed a major offensive inside the city on Thursday, a day after they broke through ISIS defenses in its remaining stronghold in Aleppo province.