Russian airstrike against IS kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and expressed his condolences, blaming the misdirected strikes on poor coordination between Moscow and Ankara.
Turkish police have detained four Islamic State suspects who were believed to be planning attacks in Turkey, along with suicide belts and explosives, a provincial governor’s office said on Thursday.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.Syrian government troops and allied militias, as well Turkish troops, the U.S-led worldwide coalition, and Russian Federation have been going after IS in different parts of the country.On November 2015, the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which was taking part in Moscow’s anti-terrorist operation in Syria.Although Turkey provides support to rebels fighting the Syrian government, the two countries have reportedly reached an agreement on al-Bab through their mutual ally, Russia.A military source in Ankara told Sputnik on Thursday that Russian Federation and Turkey would not set up a joint commission to investigate the airstrike incident as the situation was “quite clear”.

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Russian media reported that Russian aircraft hit the building where the Turkish soldiers were stationed by mistake thinking that they were attacking fighters of Islamic State.Thursday’s airstrike deaths raise the number of Turkish troops killed in Turkey’s operation in Syria to 64.Reports are circulating – some of which are traceable to Jihadi sources – that fast advancing Syrian army forces have completed the encirclement of 5,000 ISIS fighters who are trapped in the strategic north Syrian town of Al-Bab.”Our first goal is to complete the operation in al-Bab”.Russian Federation began its military intervention in the Syrian civil war in September 2015.A Free Syrian Army rebel commander, speaking to the Reuters news agency from the southeastern outskirts of al-Bab, said Syrian government jets and helicopters were visible to the west of his position, adding there was now an “indirect frontline” between the sides.