January 6, 2017 / 6:29 AM / in a year

Turkish military says 32 Islamic State militants killed in Syrian operations

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military and Syrian rebels killed 32 Islamic State militants in the latest clashes in northern Syria on Thursday, Turkey’s armed forces said in a statement on Friday.

Turkish military vehicles drive in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, Syria January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

In a round-up of its military operations over the last 24 hours in support of rebels in northern Syria, the army said Turkish warplanes destroyed 21 Islamic State targets in the areas of al-Bab and Bzagah, including buildings and vehicles.

Turkey’s military operation, dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’, was launched more than four months ago to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent a Kurdish militia taking territory in their wake. In recent weeks, the forces have been besieging the town of al-Bab.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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