More Turkish tanks enter Syria in new front

Turkish military tanks are seen during clashes between Turkish soldiers and Islamic State group fighters 20 km west of the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis on September 3, 2016Turkey on Saturday sent more tanks into the northern Syrian village of al-Rai to fight Islamic State extremists, opening a new front after its intervention last month against the group, state media reported. The tanks crossed into the village from the Turkish province of Kilis to provide military support to Syrian opposition fighters as part of Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield”, state-run Anadolu news agency said. Euphrates Shield is Ankara’s most ambitious operation during the five-and-a-half-year Syria conflict, backed by the tanks as well as war planes and special forces providing support to rebels.

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