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Turkey-backed rebels clear Syria border villages of IS: army

Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank driving back to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus on September 2, 2016 in the Turkish-Syrian border town of KarkamisSyrian rebels supported by Turkish and coalition air strikes pushed further west into areas held by Islamic State in northern Syria as Ankara and its allies step up a campaign to rout the jihadists from the border area. In the last few days the rebels have been moving quickly to clear the jihadists from the last stretch of the border under their control, backed by Turkish artillery and Turkish and coalition air strikes. Turkey sent tanks and troops into Syria on August 24 to both combat IS — which has been blamed for a string of suicide attacks inside Turkey — and halt the westward advance of the Kurdish People’s Protection Militia (YPG).

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