Turkish jets hit ISIL targets in northern Syria
ANKARATurkish jets hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in northern Syria late on Sept. 18, destroying three targets including a weapons depot, a shelter, and a local headquarters in the Baragitah/Sandarah regions, Anadolu Agency has reported, citing anonymous military sources.
Turkey, a member of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIL, opened up a new line of attack in northern Syria on Sept. 3, with Turkish tanks crossing the frontier from the Kilis province, opening a western front in an operation to remove militants from its border.
The Turkish army and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), launched Operation Euphrates Shield on Aug. 24, taking the northern Syrian town of Jarablus from ISIL militants. The army and the rebels have continued to expand their operation to rid the area of both ISIL fighters and the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey says is a terrorist organization as it is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).