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Turkey bombs ISIS in Syria's Aleppo

By Rudaw 29/2/2016
Turkish artillery. Photo: Turkish media.
Turkish artillery. Photo: Turkish media.
The Turkish military bombarded Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria's Aleppo region with artillery on Monday.

Turkey's Anadolu news reported that the artillery was directed against ISIS gun positions, vehicles mounted with rocket launchers and a headquarters in the area.

In total some 40 positions were hit and at least fifty artillery shells fired over the border.

Turkey is a member of the American-led coalition against ISIS and its Incirlik airbase in the southeastern frontier province of Adana is used as a launchpad by coalition drones and jets.

A ceasefire was introduced in Syria on Saturday and despite various violations remained largely intact on Monday. Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra are excluded from the ceasefire.

Turkey had recently argued that the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG), an American ally against ISIS in Syria, should also be excluded. It has in recent weeks been targeting them with their artillery bombardments in an attempt to halt their advance against opposition groups in northwestern Syria.

Turkey didn't join the coalition against ISIS when it was formed in late 2014 but later in July 2015 when one of its border guards were attacked by ISIS. However since then it has been criticized for focusing overwhelmingly on militarily engaging the Kurdistan Workers Party. 

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kurt basar | 29/2/2016
Don't believe it, it is another Turkish propaganda or if they did it because of fear of the Mr. Erdogan, who is leader of the AKP cult, ISIL savages & Muslim brotherhood terorists, to be labeled as a terrorist & put on trial. Either way he is going to be punished because of his burning the innocent Kurdish civilians and children alive, at the basements of the cities of the Sur & Cizre in Turkey, with his 90 days cruel curfew.
Pat | 29/2/2016
It is so hard to believe Turkey,they have their own agenda, no kurdistan, no freedom of religion, no democratie. The US and EU must open their eyes,Turkey is playing a bloody brutal game in it's own interest.
Sul-dildar | 29/2/2016
I must be reading Daily Sabah !
Kurdish Patriot | 29/2/2016
Dear Rudaw, the principles of freedom of speech include giving opportunity to people to express their opinions without being subjected to a permanent ban and or deletion of their posts/comments. The only reason I am weighing-in is to remind you that if you fail to tell the truth, at least refrain from being a mouthpiece for your enemies. This post clearly states lies that Turks are spreading around the globe to justify their illegal incursion into Syria to stop any Kurdish progress in Rojava. I am from Bashur myself living in diaspora, but if I can't stand up for my brothers and sisters in other parts of my homeland, I shall not attack and or spread false propaganda of my enemies as they only service their agendas. We all know Turkey is the state sponsor of ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups, so how on earth would they fire rockets at people they fund, train, support and harbor on their own land?? We " The Kurds" say " if you can't be a flower, don't be a thorn either"
American | 29/2/2016
I bet you guys that they shot ISIS by accident.

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