27 killed as Turkish forces hit Islamic State targets in Syria: Report

  • Reuters, Istanbul
  • Updated: May 16, 2016 13:28 IST
An image grab taken from AFPTV shows a Syrian man looking at the destruction at a camp for displaced people near the town of Sarmada in Syria's Idblib province, near the border with Turkey, following an air strike on May 5, 2016. (AFP file photo)

Turkish and US-led coalition forces struck Islamic State targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing 27 fighters, state-run Anadolu Agency and other media reported.

Turkish artillery and rocket launchers fired into Syria while warplanes from the US-led coalition carried out three separate air campaigns, Anadolu said on Monday, citing military sources.

Five fortified defence posts and two gun posts were destroyed, while 27 fighters were killed in areas less than 10 km from Turkey’s Syria border.

Turkish and coalition forces have carried out a series of such strikes recently to prevent further attacks on the Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria, and has been regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks.

The United States and Turkey have for months discussing a military plan to drive Islamic State from the border.

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