Turkey launches second offensive against Daesh in Syria
Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank driving back to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus on September 2, 2016. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Ankara has opened a new front against Daesh in northern Syria, according to media reports.
The Dogan news agency says Turkish tanks crossed the border from Kilis province on Saturday.
It is Turkey’s second incursion into the north of the conflict-torn country, the agency says.
The tanks crossed the frontier near the Turkish village of Cobanbey.
Eyewitnesses report the sound of explosions and plumes of smoke rising in the air.
Cobanbey is near Syria’s al Rai, which has changed hands between Daesh and rebel control in recent months.
The region is around 55 kilometres southwest of Jarablus.
Last week, Turkish-backed Syrian forces launched Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey’s first major incursion into Syria since the war started five years ago.
The US has voiced concerns about Turkish strikes on Kurdish-aligned groups that Washington is backing in its battle against Daesh.
Germany has said it does not want to see a lasting Turkish presence in an already tangled conflict.
What has Turkey said?
Turkey says it wants to protect its frontier from the militant group and the Kurdish YPG militia.
Ankara sees the group as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK group fighting on Turkish soil.
Turkey says it has no plans to stay in Syria.
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