Turkish air strikes kill 20 IS militants in Syria

Beirut—Turkish air strikes killed 20 ISIS militants in northern Syria broadcaster CNN Turk cited the Turkish military as saying on Sunday. The strikes targeted three buildings, one vehicle and one motorbike around the Syrian town of Tel el-Hawa, CNN Turk said. Separately, the head of the military said in message to mark a public holiday that “Operation Euphrates Shield”, a Turkish incursion into Syria against ISIS and Kurdish militia fighters launched two and half weeks ago, would “continue decisively”, according to broadcaster NTV. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey had a duty to defeat ISIS, adding its operation inside Syria was a first step towards this goal. Turkey has sent dozens of tanks and hundreds of troops into Syria, in an unprecedented operation dubbed Euphrates Shield aimed at booting out both ISIS extremists and Kurdish militia from the border area. The operation, launched on August 24, came after a string of bloody suicide bombings and rocket attacks inside Turkey blamed on ISIS. “It is the binding duty in front of our nation to finish off the organization called Daesh (ISIS) in Syria and ensure it is unable to carry out actions inside our country,” Erdogan said in a televised message for the upcoming Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday.—Agencies

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