Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria

Turkey’s government says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.

A day earlier the two sides exchanged fire near the border, with one soldier killed and two more injured.

Turkey is to let the US carry out air strikes against the Islamic State group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials have said.

Turkish police also launched raids to arrest suspect IS militants on Friday morning in 140 locations in Istanbul.

The raids were carried out in 26 districts of the city and involved 5,000 officers. Members of the the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were also arrested.

A statement released by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said that F-16 jets had hit three IS targets in Syria.

It is the first time Turkey has launched air raids against targets in Syria since IS began its advance through Iraq and Syria in 2013.

The decision to carry out the attacks was taken at a security meeting called after Thursday’s border clashes.

Full article: Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria (BBC)

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