VIDEO: Watch Blasts Close to Syria-Turkey Border

Sat Aug 27, 2016 16:29:09

Two explosions were seen in Karkamis in Turkey on Saturday, close to the border with Syria, Al-Alam News Network reports.

The reason for the blasts was not clear, but they came two days after Turkey launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country's civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by US airstrikes to help Syrian rebels retake the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) terrorist group militants.

The surprise incursion to capture Jarablus was a dramatic escalation of Turkey's role in Syria’s war. But its objective went beyond fighting extremists.

Turkey is also aiming to contain expansion by Syria’s Kurds, who are also backed by the United States and have used the fight against ISIS and the chaos of the civil war to seize nearly the entire stretch of the border with Turkey in northern Syria.

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