Syria rebels backed by Turkish tanks 'seize' IS-held town

Turkish army tanks and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighter trucks pictured two kilometres west of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, in an image taken from the Turkish border city of Karkamis on August 24, 2016Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive — the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict — made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started. “Jarabulus is completely liberated,” Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab to the southwest.

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