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Chilling winds blow between Turkey, Russia and Iran in Syria

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The Russian Defense Ministry did not confirm claims posted on some websites about destroyed airplanes in the Russia-operated Hmeimim air base in Syria on New Year’s Eve but on Jan. 5, Russian officials did say two soldiers had been killed in a rocket attack.

On Jan. 8, Moscow said 10 armed drones had attacked the same base on Jan. 7, while another three were directed against the Russian naval station at Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. The prime suspect was the Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham, according to a number of news sites.

On Jan. 9, the Turkish Foreign Ministry called Russian Ambassador Aleksey Yerhov and Iranian Ambassador Bahman Hosseinpour in a bid to stop the Syrian regime attacking “moderate opposition” forces around the Syrian town of Idlib. According to a de-escalation of hostilities agreement between the three countries concerning the Northwestern town, which lies close to the Turkish border, “moderate........

© Hürriyet Daily News