VIDEO: Turkey’s Jets, Tanks Pound Islamic State Militants in Syria’s Aleppo

Sun Sep 18, 2016 17:53:44

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army rebels are pushing south in northern Syria from the towns of al-Rai and Azaz towards the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, supported by tanks and jets, security sources said, clashing with the jihadist group.

Vehicles were mobilized in northern Syria across from the Turkish village of Arapakesmez and Turkish artillery deployed at the border have fired at Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) targets, the sources said.

Video uploaded to the internet on Saturday (September 17) appears to show Turkish artillery forces targeting what is said to be Islamic State locations around al-Rai in northern Aleppo.

Smoke and dust is seen rising from locations targeted by the artillery.

The Turkish military said in a statement on Friday (September 16) that U.S. special forces were supporting an operation that was being carried out between the Syrian towns of Azaz and al-Rai.

Turkish-backed rebels have been battling Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) militants along the border as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched last month, and in recent weeks pushed the jihadists away from the frontier with the support of Turkish warplanes and tanks.

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