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Turkey: Soldier killed in explosion in Syria's Idlib

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry has announced the death of a Turkish soldier in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory in northwest Syria. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the soldier was wounded in an explosion and died later in a hospital. It said the explosion took place in an area about 250 meters (820 feet) south of a road patrolled by Turkish forces. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

At least 66 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Idlib this year. Turkey and Russia brokered a cease-fire in March to halt a three-month Syrian government offensive aimed at capturing the province. Turkey backs some of the opposition groups in Idlib and Russia backs Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russia-backed offensive killed hundreds of civilians and displaced nearly a million people.

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