Barrel bombs dropped on forces
A helicopter believed to belong to Syrian government forces dropped barrel bombs in a deadly attack on Turkey-backed opposition forces in the border area, Turkish officials and reports said yesterday. The attack in the village of Tal Madiq, in northern Syria, killed at least two opposition fighters while five others were wounded, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The agency didn’t say when the attack happened. If confirmed, the attack would be the first by Syrian government forces on the Turkish-backed fighters. Turkish sent troops and tanks into northern Syria in August in an unprecedented incursion that Ankara said was part of efforts to help Syrian opposition clear the border area of Islamic State fighters. Ankara is also seeking to contain the USbacked Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group, putting it at odds with its key ally, the United States.