Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria, opening new line of attack

Turkish tanks on Syrian Kurdistan border. Photo: AP
Turkish tanks on Syrian Kurdistan border. Photo: AP

KILIS, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkey and its rebel allies opened a new line of attack in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) on Saturday, as Turkish tanks rolled across the border and Syrian fighters swept in from the west to take villages held by Islamic State.

The incursion was launched by Turkey from Kilis province – an area frequently targeted by Islamic State rockets – and coincided with a separate push by the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, who seized several villages further to the east.

By supporting the rebels, mainly Arabs and Turkmen fighting under the loose banner of the Free Syrian Army, Turkey is hoping to drive out Islamic State militants and check the advance of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES: NewsNow/Ekurd Daily Newspaper

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.