Turkey vows to continue campaign against Islamic State militants

25/07/2015 09:35

Turkey vows to continue campaign against Islamic State militants


Turkey has vowed to keep up a crackdown on Islamic State (IS) militants, after launching its first air strikes against their positions in Syria.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the strikes were part of a broad "process".

Turkish jets are reported to have also carried out strikes against the bases of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

Turkey arrested hundreds of suspected IS supporters on Friday and has also said it will let the US use a key airbase to attack IS targets.

A suspected IS bombing killed 32 people in the Turkish town of Suruc this week and IS fighters have since clashed with Turkish troops at the Syrian border.

One Turkish soldier was killed in the exchange of fire at a border post near the Turkish town of Kilis on Thursday.

On Friday, Turkish F-16 jets, based in Diyarbakir, bombed three IS targets in Syria, officials said.

Turkish state TV said the jets had attacked the border village of Havar, next to the Turkish town of Kilis - and had not violated Syrian air space.

However, a fresh attack on IS targets later on Friday did see Turkish jets entering Syrian air space, broadcasters CNN-Turk and NTV reported.

Jets also carried out strikes against camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to media reports and a PKK spokesman.

If confirmed, this would be the first time Turkey has attacked Kurds in northern Iraq since a ceasefire was announced with the PKK in 2013.


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