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22 Feb 2020 | 11:14 AM UTC

Syria: Turkish soldier killed in bomb attack in Idlib province February 22

Turkish soldier killed in Syrian government bomb attack in Idlib province February 22; further clashes possible over the near term

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Event

A Turkish soldier was killed by Syrian government forces in a bomb attack in Idlib province on Saturday, February 22. In retaliation, Turkish forces destroyed 21 government targets. Saturday's casualty marks the 16th military death sustained by Turkish personnel in Syria this month.

Further clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces are likely across Idlib province over the near term.

Context

To date, the Syrian conflict involves many parties, including the Syrian government, the Russian government, the Iranian government, the Turkish government, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups on the ground (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.

Advice

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.