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Dozens killed as Turkey ramps up Syria offensive

Turkish soldiers drive a tank to Syria from the border city of Karkamis in the Gaziantep region on August 27, 2016Dozens of people were killed in Turkish bombardment in Syria on Sunday as Ankara ramped up its unprecedented offensive inside the country against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling and air strikes on two areas held by pro-Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the first report of significant civilian casualties in Turkey’s operation. The bombardments came after Ankara suffered its first military fatality in the offensive against IS and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia that it launched on Wednesday.

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