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Turkey strikes ISIS for first time as part of US coalition

Turkey strikes ISIS

Jets hit ISIS targets in Syria Friday under auspices of US-led coalition; ISIS inches closer to strategic town just miles from Turkish border.

Turkey announced Saturday that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria.

A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking ISIS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey.

After months of hesitance, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against ISIS. Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack Islamic State positions in Syria, without crossing into Syrian airspace and later Turkey granted US jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border.

The Turkish attacks that began Friday were the first launched as part of the US-led campaign and came after Turkish and US officials announced they had reached a technical agreement concerning their cooperation, which calls for Turkey to be fully integrated into the coalition air campaign.


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