Turkey warplanes start bombing ISIS targets in Syria

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Ankara, July 24: Turkey has started bombing Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria. These are the first air strikes carried out by the Turkey.

At least 251 people having link with ISIS have also been arrested after Turkish police raided around 100 places in Istanbul, reported BBC.

Turkey bombs ISIS in Syria

An exchange of fire also reported between Turkish forces and ISIS fighters on Thursday.
Turkey started attacks against ISIS after 32 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Suruc city on July 20.

According to media reports, arrests were also made in Ankara and Izmir and in Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian border.

The US is expected to step up bombing raids against ISIS after reaching an agreement with Turkey to use the Incirlik airbase.

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The decision was taken after a telephonic discussion held between US President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

Turkey has been in the coalition since beginning but was not fully cooperating due to its differing views over the Syrian crisis.

Turkey was criticised for at home and abroad for not taking enough action against ISIS, despite being part of the international coalition fighting against the Sunni radical group.

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