US backs Turkish push on border town with air strikes
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 24
US military aircraft are carrying out strikes in support of Turkish and Syrian rebel forces fighting to drive Islamic State out of one of the militants' last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, a US defense official said Aug. 24.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said both A-10 "Warthog" ground attack aircraft and F-16 fighter jets were carrying out the strikes. The operation marks Turkey's first major US-backed incursion into Syria.
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force with the support of the coalition aircraft launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo city.
The operation is carried out under the name “Shield of the Euphrates.”
Earlier, it was reported that Turkish tanks entered Syria.
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) is the most active terrorist group in Syria.