Turkey launches offensive in Syria

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Turkey’s military, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, launches an operation to wipe out Islamic State militants along its border. Natasha Howitt reports.

Turkey launches offensive in Syria

Turkey says it has launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State elements along the border.

The offensive began on Tuesday night, supported by U.S.-led coalition warplanes.

Rounds of artillery were fired from Turkey into this Syrian border town of Jarablus, the military said, as air strikes pounded Islamic State targets.

Tanks, they say, are now being positioned to secure the border. A ground offensive has yet to start.

The operation comes after a suicide bomber killed over 50 people at a Kurdish wedding over the weekend.

The bomber is suspected to have had links to Islamic State.

Turkey is also concerned about the growing influence of Syrian Kurdish militant groups on the border.

They’re viewed by Ankara as being tied to Turkey’s own Kurdish militant insurgency, which it blames for a recent escalation of violence in the southeast.

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