Turkish Tanks Enter Syria As Part Of “Anti-ISIS” Operation

From Zero Hedge:

Turkish tanks crossed the border into northern Syria Wednesday as part of “operations to clear ISIS terrorists “from the city of Jarabulus and to protect Turkey from the Islamic State and Kurds, Anadolu News Agency reported.

[Video] Turkish tanks cross Syrian border as part of anti-Daesh operations https://t.co/D9rEr50kv9 pic.twitter.com/QwbokqRcjF

— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) August 24, 2016

#BREAKING | Turkish tanks cross Syrian border as part of anti-Daesh operations: Military sources pic.twitter.com/porkxLsxCX

— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) August 24, 2016

According to media reports, even more armored reinforcements have been dispatched to Gaziantep near the Turkey Syria border, including at least 80 Leopard tanks.

Armored reinforcements dispatched to Gaziantep near #Turkey#Syria border, including 80 Leopard tanks pic.twitter.com/j5hOd54QDa

— Michael Horowitz (@michaelh992) August 24, 2016

The invasion followed hours after the Turkish prime minister’s office announced that the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces have launched an operation called “Euphrates Shield” to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

 

The assault on ISIS held Jarablus has been defined as follows: 

@markito0171 pic.twitter.com/NSH7Wf6AfL

— Mark (@markito0171) August 24, 2016

 

Anadolu adds that Free Syrian Army members are about to reach the village of Kaklijah, some three kilometers inside the Syrian border. The tank incursion followed the Turkish Armed Forces hitting 81 targets in northern Syria 294 times with rockets starting at 4.00 a.m. (0230 GMT) early Wednesday, the sources added.

The anti-Daesh operation, called Euphrates Shield, aims to support U.S.-led coalition forces, strengthen Turkey’s border security by clearing away terrorist groups, and support Syria’s territorial integrity, the sources said.

 

The Turkish Air Forces carried out an operation “on identified targets” with F-16 fighter jets in Jarabulus, Aleppo as well as the nearby village of Kaklijah, …

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