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Syria: Russia, Turkey launch first joint air strikes on IS

Syria: Russia, Turkey launch first joint air strikes on IS

Russian and Turkish jets have carried out their first joint strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, the Rus­sian defence ministry has said.
IS was targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, where Turkey suf­fered heavy casualties last month battling the group on the ground.
A Russian spokesman, Lt-Gen Sergei Rud­skoi, said the joint action had been “highly effective”.
Russia and Turkey have become leading outside players in Syria’s civil war.
Al-Bab, about 20km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, has been the focus of a five-month Turkish campaign aimed at pushing back both IS and Kurdish forces.
US aircraft carried out strikes on the area earlier this week, also in co-operation with Turkey.
 

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