U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio backed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday amid an ongoing offensive in Syria’s Idlib province.    

Turkish troops have come under attack in recent weeks by Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the province, the scene of an offensive by regime forces backed by Russia.

Re-upping my post from yesterday because today #Turkey suffered mass casualties after an air strike in #Syria.

A @NATO partner is on the verge of armed hostilities with #Russia. https://t.co/jHMIEEGjs7 https://t.co/crMCsGJl9H

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 27, 2020

On Twitter, Rubio, a Florida Republican, said the “prospects of a direct military

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