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Turkey: 3 Turkish troops in Syria die in government strike

  • Medical officers carry one of wounded Turkish soldiers at the emergency service of a local hospital in Gaziantep, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in northern Syria on Thursday in what the Turkish military said was a pre-dawn airstrike believed to have been carried out by Syrian government forces. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Syria attack within Turkey. (IHA via AP )

    Medical officers carry one of wounded Turkish soldiers at the emergency service of a local hospital in Gaziantep, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in northern Syria on Thursday in what the Turkish military said was a pre-dawn airstrike believed to have been carried out by Syrian government forces. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Syria attack within Turkey. (IHA via AP )  (The Associated Press)

  • Medical officers carry one of wounded Turkish soldiers at the emergency service of a local hospital in Gaziantep, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in northern Syria on Thursday in what the Turkish military said was a pre-dawn airstrike believed to have been carried out by Syrian government forces. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Syria attack within Turkey. (IHA via AP )

    Medical officers carry one of wounded Turkish soldiers at the emergency service of a local hospital in Gaziantep, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in northern Syria on Thursday in what the Turkish military said was a pre-dawn airstrike believed to have been carried out by Syrian government forces. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Syria attack within Turkey. (IHA via AP )  (The Associated Press)

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 website says the attack took place at 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 militants and to curb Syrian Kurdish territorial gains

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