VIDEO: Turkey Army Sweeps Mines Left by ISIS at Border with Syria

Thu Sep 1, 2016 19:46:37

Turkish forces continued to remove mines and booby traps left by Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) in Jarablus, close to Syria-Turkey border on Thursday, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Rising thick black smoke from controlled explosions in Syria’s Jarablus could be seen from across the border in the Turkish town of Karkamis.

It follows operation “Euphrates Shield,” in which Turkish troops and tanks entered Syria in support of terrorists (rebels) for the first time.

The offensive began on August 24 with the swift capture of Jarablus, a town a few kilometers inside Syria that was held by ISIS.

The bulk of Turkish-backed forces have since moved further south into territory held by militias loyal to the Kurdish-aligned Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition supported by Washington in its bid to defeat the ISIS terrorists.

Turkish military vehicles shuttled in and out of Syria on Thursday, including a construction machine that helped flatten the route for a tank.

Syria’s war has killed at least a quarter of a million people and forced almost five million to flee the country, many of them to Turkey.

The United Nations estimates that 6.5 million are internally displaced.

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