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Turkey: Kurds to be targeted, says Erdogan, as Turkish tanks roll into N. Syria01:29

Turkey: Kurds to be targeted, says Erdogan, as Turkish tanks roll into N. Syria

Turkey, Ankara
August 24, 2016 at 13:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the airstrikes launched by Turkey, from Ankara, Wednesday, as Turkish tanks entered northern Syria as part of a new military operation against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Kurdish militias.

Earlier in the day, Turkish military launched strikes and a ground attack against IS targets in Syria's northern town of Jarablus. The strikes reportedly came as retaliation to mortar fire that hit Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep the day earlier.

In his address, Erdogan said "our forces began an operation against Daesh [IS] and PYD [Kurdish Democratic Union Party] terror groups that threaten our country in northern Syria."

The operation, named "Euphrates Shield", was launched in alliance with the US-led coalition at around 4:00 am local time (1:00 GMT) and aimed to clear the IS fighters from the Syria-Turkey border.

According to Turkey, this is part of its latest offensive against IS and Kurdish fighters. Turkish media has reported that 70 targets have been destroyed in the operation so far.

Turkey: Kurds to be targeted, says Erdogan, as Turkish tanks roll into N. Syria01:29
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the airstrikes launched by Turkey, from Ankara, Wednesday, as Turkish tanks entered northern Syria as part of a new military operation against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Kurdish militias.

Earlier in the day, Turkish military launched strikes and a ground attack against IS targets in Syria's northern town of Jarablus. The strikes reportedly came as retaliation to mortar fire that hit Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep the day earlier.

In his address, Erdogan said "our forces began an operation against Daesh [IS] and PYD [Kurdish Democratic Union Party] terror groups that threaten our country in northern Syria."

The operation, named "Euphrates Shield", was launched in alliance with the US-led coalition at around 4:00 am local time (1:00 GMT) and aimed to clear the IS fighters from the Syria-Turkey border.

According to Turkey, this is part of its latest offensive against IS and Kurdish fighters. Turkish media has reported that 70 targets have been destroyed in the operation so far.

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