Turkey bombs Islamic State in response to attacks


TURKEY has launched its first airstrike against Islamic State (IS) in the north of Syria. Three fighter jets have taken off from the air base in Diyarbakir Turkey shortly after midnight, early on Friday (July 24) on a mission to bomb three positions held by Islamic State in Syria, according to the website of Turkey’s Prime Minister’s office.
The bombing comes in response to the attack on a border checkpoint on Thursday July 23 in which one official was killed and two were injured in a shooting by five IS militants in Kilis province, Turkey.
The Turkish authorities have also carried out a major anti-terrorist operation in 13 of Turkey’s provinces in which 251 people were arrested. The operation targeted IS jihadi networks as well as groups sympathetic to the Kurdish guerrilla movement and Marxist cells.


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