U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Friday “in the strongest possible terms” the deadly Syrian regime attack on Turkish forces that has so far claimed 33 lives.

“We stand by our NATO Ally Turkey in the aftermath of the despicable and brazen February 27 attack on Turkish forces in Idlib, which resulted in the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. The Assad Regime, Russia, Iran and Hizballah must cease their ongoing attacks in Idlib.”

Another Turkish soldier was martyred and two were

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