Turkish army hits 81 Daesh targets in northern Syria

– Turkish tanks crossed the border into northern Syria Wednesday as part of operations to clear Daesh terrorists from the city of Jarabulus, said military sources, according to Anadolu Agency.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, added that Free Syrian Army members are about to reach the village of Kaklijah, some three kilometers inside the Syrian border.

The tank incursion followed the Turkish Armed Forces hitting 81 targets in northern Syria 294 times with rockets starting at 4.00 a.m. (0230 GMT) early Wednesday, the sources added.

The anti-Daesh operation, called Euphrates Shield, aims to support U.S.-led coalition forces, strengthen Turkey’s border security by clearing away terrorist groups, and support Syria’s territorial integrity, the sources said.

The Turkish Air Forces carried out an operation “on identified targets” with F-16 fighter jets in Jarabulus, Aleppo as well as the nearby village of Kaklijah, the sources added.

The operation is in line with the country’s right to self-defense borne out of international treaties and a mandate given to the Armed Forces by the Turkish parliament in 2014 and extended for another year in September 2015.

Operations by the Turkish Armed Forces, which have been actively fighting Daesh, have significantly contributed to ongoing efforts of the U.S.-backed international coalition against the terror group.