Turkey strikes IS positions in Syria: report

 11 Apr 2016 - 17:44

Turkey strikes IS positions in Syria: report
A Turkish soldier standing guard is seen from the Syrian town of Khirbet Al-Joz in Latakia count. Reuters


Ankara: Turkey's army has launched artillery strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria after jihadists seized control of an area near the Turkish border, local media reported Monday.

Turkish artillery fired shells from howitzers positioned on its border region of Kilis against IS targets, the private NTV television reported.

The shelling comes after IS extremists took back control of the town of Al-Rai near Turkey, which rival rebels had captured last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Neither the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front nor IS are included in a truce brokered by the United States and Russia that came into force on February 27.

In February, Turkish artillery had also shelled targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) inside Syria, with the military saying it was responding to incoming fire.

But Turkey has not shelled any positions held by Syrian Kurdish fighters inside Syria since the ceasefire was implemented.

Washington has applauded Turkey's role in the anti-IS coalition but US officials on occasion have urged Ankara to do more.