Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib

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  • Turkey’s military shot down two Syrian government fighter jets over northwest Idlib, hours after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad brought down a Turkish drone over the region.
    Russia says it cannot guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying over Syria as the fighting between the two neighbours grows.
    Turkey says it is determined to push Syrian government forces out of the so-called buffer zone near its border.
    Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Hatay on the Turkey-Syria border.

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    In This Story: Hashem Ahelbarra

    “Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region. Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor.” – Al Jazeera

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