Turkish military convoy hit by airstrike in northern Syria

A Turkish military convoy was targeted by an airstrike in Syria on Monday, killing three civilians, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. 

Syria’s government said the convoy contained weapons bound for insurgents, without saying whether it was behind the strike, which took place in Idlib province.   

The attack threatened to set off a new round of violence between the governments of Syria and Turkey and imperiled the fragile military cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in northern Syria, including agreements aimed at decreasing violence there.

While Turkey has been able to maintain observation posts in Idlib, its cooperation with Russia has not prevented the government of President Bashar ­al-Assad, Russia’s ally, from pursuing an all-out offensive to recapture the province from Syrian rebel groups.