2 Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib hours after Putin, Erdoğan meeting

This handout picture taken and released on January 25, 2018 shows President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3R) adressing soldiers during his visit to Operating Base in Hatay on the sixth day of 'Operation Olive Branch'. / AFP PHOTO

Two Turkish soldiers died and three others were wounded when Syrian government forces opened fire in Syria’s Idlib region, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

In a statement the ministry said Turkish forces responded with fire power to the government forces.

The deadly clash came hours after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who later announced a ceasefire in Idlib.

More than 50 Turkish soldiers have been killed along with rebels in the recently intensifying conflict.

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  1. Why did all those Turkish soldier’s die? Why spending all that material and lives to give Syria more then it already gained? Erdogan surrendered big time. It was a capitulation, as I previewed; Putin will agree on a ceasefire but he will give not in on the territory gained, on the possesion off the highways and on the elimination off the jihadists. He won. An Turkey won a TEMPORARY ceasefire, wonder how long it will last. This is a good thing for the world and 50% off the rational thinking Turks. Now bring the civilians back to Syria.