Watch: Turkish air strikes hit ISIS targets in Syria

By REUTERS
December 8, 2016 12:43

The war planes pounded 12 IS targets killing 23 militants, the military said in a written statement on Thursday.

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Turkish air strikes hit Islamic State targets in al-Bab, Syria (Reuters)

Turkish air strikes hit Islamic State targets in al-Bab, Syria (Reuters)

Footage released by Turkish army on Thursday shows air strikes on Islamic State targets by Turkish war planes in the al-Bab region of northern Syria on Wednesday.

The war planes pounded 12 IS targets killing 23 militants, the military said in a written statement on Thursday.

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The air raids were launched as Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish troops and firepower, besiege Islamic State controlled al-Bab as part of the three-month-old Euphrates Shield operation to push the jihadists and a Kurdish militia away from Turkey's border.

The Turkish army footage shows buildings and a white vehicle being destroyed in air strikes.

Wednesday's air strikes targeted buildings used by IS fighters as well as three tanks and a bomb-laded vehicle, the army said. Nine similar targets were destroyed in air raids on Tuesday evening, it said in an earlier statement.

Separately, one Turkish soldier was killed and six were wounded, one of them seriously, in a vehicle-borne bomb attack in the area on Wednesday morning, the military said. Media reports had earlier said two soldiers were killed in the attack.

Last month an air strike, which Turkey's military initially assessed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force, killed three Turkish soldiers in the region. Moscow has said neither Russian nor Syrian armed forces carried out the attack.

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