Turkey sends more tanks into Syria after IS-held town capture

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KARKAMIS: Turkey on Saturday sent six more tanks into Syria as pro-Ankara forces pressed on with de-mining work in a town captured from Islamic State (IS) jihadists this week, an Agence France-Presse correspondent said. The Turkish military on Wednesday launched an operation codenamed “Euphrates Shield” inside Syria to oust IS from the border region and also counter advances by a Kurdish militia detested by Ankara. An Agence France-Presse photographer in the village of Karkamis on the Turkish side of the border watched six Turkish tanks roll over the frontier into Syria on Saturday. The Hurriyet daily had reported earlier that the Turkish armed forces had 50 tanks and 380 personnel on the ground in Syria after three days of operations. Turkish troops are supporting an even larger force of hundreds of Syrian rebels.

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