Turkish army launches anti-ISIL op in Jarabulus
Operation aimed at clearing Turkish borders of terror groups, supporting territorial integrity of Syria with residents in nearby Karakamis evacuated on Tuesday
Turkish Armed Forces and air forces belonging to the U.S.-led international coalition on Wednesday began an operation against ISIL in an effort to clear the Syrian city of Jarabulus from the terror group, Turkish officials told Anadolu Agency.
Turkish forces are using intense artillery fire against ISIL elements in Jarabulus in a retaliatory strike, officials said.
The operation, which began at around 4 a.m. local time (0100 GMT), is aimed at clearing the Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria, they said.
Preventing a new flow of migrants and delivering aid to the region’s civilian population in need are also among the goals, officials added.
The move comes after a series of mortar bombs landed in a residential Turkish area along the Syrian border beginning Tuesday morning, security sources said.
There were no injuries in Karkamis, which lies approximately 1 kilometer across the frontier from Jarabulus -- part of Aleppo governorate -- where Free Syrian Army forces are fighting to take control of the city from ISIL.
Operations of Turkish Armed Forces, which has been actively fighting ISIL, have significantly contributed to ongoing efforts of U.S.-backed international coalition against the terror group.