Turkey: 3 Turkish Troops in Syria Die in Government Strike

Firefighters work after an explosion in southern city of Adana, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The explosion occurred early Thursday in the parking lot of a government building, officials said. Turkish authorities imposed a media ban, barring broadcast and publication of graphic images or information that might hinder the investigation. (IHA via AP)
Firefighters battle the aftermath of an explosion in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, Thursday. (IHA via AP)

The Turkish Armed Forces says three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in Syria by an airstrike allegedly fired by government forces.

A statement from the Armed Forces posted on its site says the attack took place  before dawn on Thursday. One of the wounded soldiers was said to be in critical condition.

The casualties are likely to ratchet up tensions between Ankara and Damascus. In August, Ankara sent ground troops into northern Syria to support Syrian opposition forces in the fight against Islamic State terrorists and to curb Syrian Kurdish territorial gains.

Ankara views Syrian Kurdish forces as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

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