Syria Crisis – Fighting escalates after Turkish troops killed – BBC News

Crisis talks have been taking place to prevent a major international escalation of the civil war in northern Syria – after a surge in fighting between Turkish and Syrian forces. 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike, and Turkey has responded by targeting hundreds of Syrian government sites.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents coverage on BBC News at Ten, with correspondents Orla Guerin and Jonah Fisher.

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Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest.

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