US and Turkey bomb ISIL positions inside Syria
May 16, Ankara: Turkish and US-led coalition forces have struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 27 fighters, state media reported.
according to state-run Anadolu Agency and other media reports, Turkish artillery and rocket launchers fired into Syria while warplanes from the US-led coalition carried out three separate air campaigns.
Five fortified defence posts and two gun posts were also destroyed in the attack less than 10km from Turkey's Syria border.
Turkish and coalition forces have carried out a series of such strikes recently to prevent further attacks on the Turkish border town of Kilis, which lies just across the frontier from ISIL-controlled territory in Syria, and has been regularly struck by rockets in recent weeks, reports said.
The US and Turkey have for months been discussing a military plan to drive ISIL from the border.
Elsewhere in Aleppo, fighting continued as government-backed armed groups said they took back two villages north of the battered Syrian city from ISIL.
Government's deadly airborne raids also destroyed a fifth-century church, the Church of Saint Simeon Stylites in the village of Daret Azza, according to Syrian activists.
The fighting was focused around a strategic area that leads in and out of the rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo, reports said.
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