2017 Russian Air Force Al-Bab incident

The 2017 Russian Air Force Al-Bab incident occurred when three Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 injured after a Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M attacked Turkish soldiers accidentally at al-Bab, Syria.[1]

2017 Russian Air Force Al-Bab incident
Part of Turkish military intervention in Syria and Russian military intervention in Syria

A Tupolev Tu-22M (similar to the incident aircraft)
Date08:40 UTC, 9 February 2017
36.2211°N 37.3104°E / 36.2211; 37.3104
Russian Armed Forces Turkish Armed Forces
Commanders and leaders
Viktor Bondarev Zekai Aksakallı
Units involved
Tu-22M bomber 3 Turkish soldiers killed
11 injured


A Tupolev Tu-22M flying a strike mission against a building in al-Bab, Syria suspected of containing Islamic State fighters, dropped a bomb on a Turkish army position. The bombing killed 3 Turkish troops and injured 11 others. Turkish military officials called the strike "accidental" and an incident of "friendly fire".[2][3] Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, said that the pilots had "guided by co-ordinates" given to them by Turkish personnel and that, "there should not have been Turkish troops at those co-ordinates." This charge was denied by Turkish officials.[4]


The Turkish General Staff announced that a Russian war plane targeted Turkish soldiers by accident. After the Russian Government confirmed the action, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and expressed his regret.[5]


  •  Turkey - Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli on February 12 slammed a Russian statement on the "friendly fire" in Syria's al-Bab on February 10 that led to the deaths of three Turkish soldiers, describing it as a shame.[6] “The issue is so important that it cannot be dodged with a condolence message,” said Republican People's Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in a post on Twitter over the developments in Syria.[7]

See also


  1. Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Daren Butler (2017-02-10). "Russian bombing mistake kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. "Russian air strike kills Turkish soldiers". BBC News. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  3. "Three Turkish soldiers killed by Russian military jet in Syria air strike". The Independent. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. "Turkey denies Syria air strike 'mistake'". BBC News. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  5. Ellis, Ralph (2017-02-09). "Russian airstrike mistakenly kills 3 Turkish soldiers in Syria". CNN. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. "MHP head Bahçeli slams Russian statement on Turkey over 'friendly fire' in Syria". Hurriyet Daily News. 2017-02-12.
  7. "Kılıçdaroğlu says Russia should do more than extend condolences". turkishminute.com. 2017-02-09.
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