Turkey says more than 100 Syrian targets destroyed in retaliatory strikes

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MANBIJ, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 1: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "TURKISH ARMED FORCES / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Armoured vehicles of Turkish and U.S. troops are seen as they begin their first round of joint patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, as part of a deal to rid the area of the YPG/PKK terrorist group, on November 1, 2018 in Manbij, Syria. Turkish Armed Forces / Handout / Anadolu Agency

Turkish forces have hit 115 Syrian government targets and destroyed 101 of them in retaliation for an attack that killed five Turkish soldiers in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday, according to Reuters.

The ministry said Turkish forces would continue to retaliate for any attacks on its troops, which have observation posts in the far northwest of Syria. Earlier, the ministry said Syrian forces had killed five Turkish soldiers, among thousands deployed there to help stem a Syrian offensive to retake the last rebel stronghold in the country after nearly nine years of civil war.

“As of the present time, 115 [Syrian] regime targets have been fired on, and 101 [Syrian troops have been killed], according to initial information from various sources,” the ministry said in a statement. “Three tanks and two mortar positions were destroyed, while one helicopter was also hit.”

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