The Turkmen population in Syria has come under the spotlight recently as Russia intensifies air strikes in areas inhabited by them. Turkish authorities have summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to protest the strikes, while the downing of a Russian jet near the Turkmen area by Turkish warplanes has infuriated the Russians. So who are Syria’s Turkmen? And why is Turkey so protective of them? Natalie Carney takes a closer look from the Turkey-Syria border.
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