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Turkey, Russia talk on Syria as migrants rush Greek border

The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian government airstrike, and a new wave of refugees and migrants headed for the Greek border by land and sea after Turkey said it would no longer hold them back.

7 PKK/YPG terrorists neutralized in northern Syria

Turkish security forces neutralized seven PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Feb. 26. 

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate into the area of "Operation Euphrates Shield," Turkey's anti-terror offensive in northern Syria, from the city of Manbij, the ministry said in a tweet.

US says it supports Turkey’s ‘legitimate interests’ in Idlib

The United States supports Turkey's "legitimate interests" in Syria's last rebel bastion of Idlib, and its presence in the province, James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria engagement and fight against ISIL, has said.

In an interview with private broadcaster NTV, Jeffrey said that the U.S. supports Turkey's interests in Idlib.

"We support Turkey's presence," he added.

Turkish, US officials discuss developments in Syria

Turkish and U.S. officials met on Feb. 12 in the capital Ankara to discuss the latest developments in northwestern Syria.

Deputy Defense Minister Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey and U.S. ambassador to Turkey Michael Satterfield exchanged views on regional security issues, especially the situation in Idlib province.

Turkey vows to retaliate in strongest manner if attacked in Syria

Turkey will use its right of self-defense in the strongest manner if Turkey faces a new attack in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Feb. 8.

"In the event of a new attack, the proper response will be given in the strongest manner based on the right of self-defense," the ministry said in a statement.