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Turkey Claims Attacking ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq in Retaliation for Istanbul Attack

Turkey Claims Attacking ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq in Retaliation for Istanbul Attack
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:18:14

Turkish ground forces pounded ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria after a suicide attack blamed on the extremists killed 10 German tourists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, in a significant escalation of Ankara’s fight against the group.

The intense shelling of some 500 ISIS positions on the Syrian border with Turkey and northern Iraq in just a 48-hour period following the attack on Istanbul’s historic heart was the most serious Turkish assault against ISIS targets in recent times.

With Turkey beset by violence from Istanbul to its troubled southeast, six people, including three children, were killed in a devastating truck bomb attack on a police station in the southeastern Diyarbakir province blamed on Kurdish militants.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is an arch foe of ISIS but the government has repeatedly insisted it makes no differentiation between the various “terrorist groups” it is fighting.

Speaking to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara at their annual meeting, Davutoglu said around 200 ISIS members were killed in the army’s retaliation for the Istanbul attack. It was not possible to independently verify the toll.

“After the heinous attack in Istanbul, our armed forces hit in the last 48 hours some 500 positions of Daesh in Syria and Iraq with artillery and tank fire,” Davutoglu said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“Every attack that targets Turkey’s guests will be punished,” he added; AFP reported.

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