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2017 Russian Air Force Al-Bab incident
Part of Turkish military intervention in Syria and Russian military intervention in Syria
Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire, Russia - Air Force JP7618917.jpg
A Tupolev Tu-22M (similar to the incident aircraft)
Date08:40 UTC, 9 February 2017
Locational-Bab, Syria
36°13′16″N 37°18′37″E / 36.2211°N 37.3104°E / 36.2211; 37.3104Coordinates: 36°13′16″N 37°18′37″E / 36.2211°N 37.3104°E / 36.2211; 37.3104
Russia Russian Armed Forces Turkey Turkish Armed Forces
Commanders and leaders
Viktor Bondarev Zekai Aksakallı
Units involved
  • Turkey Special Forces Command
  • Strength
    3 Turkish soldiers dead
    11 injured

    The 2017 Russian Air Force Al-Bab incident occurred when three Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 injured after a Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M attacked Turkish soldiers accidentally at al-Bab, Syria.[1]

    After the event[]

    The Turkish General Staff announced that a Russian war plane targeted Turkish soldiers by accident. After the Russian Government confirmed the action, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and expressed his regret.[citation needed]


    •  Turkey - Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli on February 12 slammed a Russian statement on the "friendly fire" in Syria's al-Bab on February 10 that led to the deaths of three Turkish soldiers, describing it as a shame.[2] “The issue is so important that it cannot be dodged with a condolence message,” said Republican People's Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in a post on Twitter over the developments in Syria.[3]

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