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Turkey launches artillery strikes on IS, in north Syria

Turkish armed forces launched  artillery strikes on separate targets of Islamic State jihadists and the Democratic Union Party Kurdish militia  in northern Syria.

Published: 23rd August 2016 08:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2016 12:36 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

ANKARA: Turkish armed forces today launched  artillery strikes on separate targets of Islamic State (IS)  jihadists and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Kurdish militia  in northern Syria, television reports said.             

Turkish army howitzers stationed inside Turkey fired on  IS targets in the town of Jarablus and PYD targets around the  area of Manbij, the CNN-Turk and NTV channels reported.    

Turkey was deploying tanks and heavy weaponry on the  border for the strikes, the reports added.     

The reports came after as activists said hundreds of  Ankara-backed rebels were preparing an offensive against the  IS group in Syria.      

This offensive coincides with a similar move by Syrian  Kurdish militia, potentially putting them on a collision  course in the fight for IS-held Jarablus.



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