US backs Turkish push on border town with air strikes

By REUTERS
August 24, 2016 19:43

 
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WASHINGTON - US military aircraft are carrying out strikes in support of Turkish and Syrian rebel forces fighting to drive Islamic State out of one of the militants' last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, a US defense official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said both A-10 "Warthog" ground attack aircraft and F-16 fighter jets were carrying out the strikes. The operation marks Turkey's first major US-backed incursion into Syria.

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