US-Led Coalition Planes Hit ISIS in North Syria: Turkish Military

تم نشره في Tue 30 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Turkish army tanks and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters make their way in the Syrian border town of Jarablus as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, Turkey. – (REUTERS)

ANKARA — US-led coalition warplanes hit ISIS targets near the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus overnight, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, as forces backed by Ankara pushed deeper into north Syria.

Two A-10 planes hit and destroyed two ISIS targets, the military said in a statement, without elaborating.

Turkey-backed forces seized Jarablus from ISIS militants last week. They have since pushed into areas held by Kurdish-aligned militias that are supported by Washington.

Differences over Syria policy have long complicated the relationship between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.

While Turkey is a member of the US-led coalition against ISIS, it is concerned about Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, which it sees as an extension of Kurdish militants who are waging an insurgency in Turkey.

The United States has scrambled to get its feuding allies, Turkey and the Kurdish YPG militia, to focus their firepower on ISIS instead of each other after clashes that have threatened to unravel US war strategy in Syria.