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Erdogan, Putin in phone talk over attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria

Erdogan, Putin in phone talk over attack on Turkish soldiers in SyriaThe two leaders have also agreed on stepping up efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria's Aleppo, Reuters.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and attacks on Turkish troops there in a phone call on Friday, sources in Erdogan's office said.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and ten wounded near the Syrian city of al-Bab in an air strike thought to have been carried out by Syrian government forces on Thursday, the Turkish military said. Russia is among the main backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan told Putin that Turkey respected Syria's territorial integrity and that an incursion launched in August to drive Islamic State militants from the border is evidence of Ankara's determination in fighting militant groups.

Both leaders concurred to join forces in fight against the humanitarian crisis in Syria's Aleppo.
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