Turkey plays key role in US-led operation on ISIS

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Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) participated in a series of US-led coalition’s attacks targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Syrian soil on Thursday by using self-propelled howitzers, as well as shells and rocket launchers from near the Syrian border.

According to reports based on findings of drones, ISIS was dealt major blow as a result of a series of attacks, with 104 of its members being killed. In addition, seven buildings used by ISIS as headquarters, four Katyusha rocket launchers, a shell and a howitzer owned by ISIS were destroyed.

At around 6:00 pm on Thursday, 233 howitzer artillery strikes, 40 rocket strikes and four tank attacks were launched against ISIS targets, which had been located by the TSK previously. War planes dispatched by the coalition countries carried out 11 airstrikes over certain coordinates provided by Turkey.

Reports attributed to security forces stated that on Friday six Katyusha missiles fired from Syria dropped on two police stations in Turkey near the Syrian border. The police stations were identified as Şehit Yalçın Nane police station and Yüksektepe police station. One of the missiles launched from over the Syrian border hit the Elbeyli district of Kilis. Turkish military returned the missile attack.

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