ANKARA 

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and regime elements will pay a heavy price for their attack on Turkish troops in northwestern Idlib, Turkey’s vice president said Friday. 

“Head of the terror state Assad, who will go down in history as a war criminal, and regime elements will pay a heavy price for this treacherous attack,” Fuat Oktay said in a written statement on the attack, in which 33 Turkish soldiers were martyred late Thursday.

Oktay wished Allah’s mercy on the martyred and a speedy recovery to the wounded.

At least 33 Turkish troops were killed in the airstrike while tens of

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