Turkey sent tanks and special forces over the Syrian border Wednesday to capture an Islamic State stronghold, and to push Kurdish forces from its southern border, as Ankara looks to boost its military involvement in the Syrian conflict.
The offensive targeted the border city of Jarablus, a key supply line, and came as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of last month’s failed coup.
Turkey has vowed to “cleanse” Islamic State militants from its borders following a weekend suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding in southern Turkey that killed at least 54 people, many of them children. Turkey blames the Islamic State for the attack.
Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted that the operation aims to cleanse Turkey’s border of “all terrorist elements,” including ISIS and Kurdish YPG forces, according to a translation by Hurriyet Daily News… see more