Turkey says 3 troops killed in Syr­ian gov­ern­ment airstrike

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IS­TAN­BUL — Three Turk­ish soldiers were killed in north­ern Syria in what the Turk­ish mil­i­tary said was a pre-dawn Syr­ian airstrike Thurs­day, an ac­count dis­puted by Syr­ian ac­tivists, who said the soldiers were killed by an Is­lamic State sui­cide at­tack the day be­fore.

The Turk­ish mil­i­tary said on its web­site that the at­tack took place at 3:30 a.m., but did not pro­vide an ex­act location. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the airstrike took place near the town of al-Bab, which Turk­ish­backed Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces are try­ing to take back from the Is­lamic State group.

How­ever, a Syr­ian mon­i­tor­ing group that tracks the con­flict through a net­work of ac­tivists on the ground said the Turk­ish soldiers were killed by an Is­lamic State sui­cide at­tack Wed­nes­day.

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