Turkey kills dozens of Isis fighters in revenge attack

Artillery bombardments said to have been partly in response to rocket attacks on Turkish border town 

Adam Lusher
Monday 09 May 2016 10:23
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Isis are launching increasingly frequent attacks in northern Syria
Isis are launching increasingly frequent attacks in northern Syria

Turkey has killed 55 Isis insurgents in northern Syria in what military sources claimed was retaliation for weeks of rocket attacks on a Turkish border town.

The Turkish shelling was said to have been directed at the regions of Suran and Tal El Hisn north of Aleppo, as well as at Baragidah and Kusakcik.

Turkish military sources said in addition to killing Isis fighters, the artillery fire also destroyed three rocket installations and three vehicles.

News of the shelling came shortly after Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported that US-led coalition air strikes had killed 44 Isis fighters in the Syrian areas of Harjalah, Delha, Baragitah and Hawar Kilis.

Anadolu also reported that F-16 and A-10 warplanes killed four more Isis fighters and destroyed gun installations and barracks in separate airstrikes in the Karakopru region.

Palmyra before ISIS

The air strikes and artillery bombardments were reported to have been in response to increasingly frequent Isis attacks on opposition forces in northern Syria and also to the Turkish border town of Kilis being hit by regular rocket fire in recent weeks.

Kilis is about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Aleppo, Syria's embattled, biggest city and the biggest strategic prize in a more than five-year-old civil war. So far, about 20 people have been killed and almost 70 wounded in the rocket fire on Kilis, Anadolu said.

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