Air strikes Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria

Police also launched raids against IS and Kurdish militants across the country, arresting 251 people, the Prime Minister's office said.

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The US will soon be able to fly manned bombing raids against IS from the Incirlik base play

The US will soon be able to fly manned bombing raids against IS from the Incirlik base

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Turkish planes have for the first time carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria.

Police also launched raids against IS and Kurdish militants across the country, arresting 251 people, the Prime Minister's office said.

On Thursday, Turkish forces exchanged fire with IS fighters near the Syrian border. One Turkish soldier was killed.

Turkey will now let the US launch air strikes against IS from the Incirlik air base, US officials have said.

The raids in Istanbul, where 140 properties were searched, involved 5,000 officers.

Members of the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and of a far-left group, the Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C) were also arrested.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said there were also arrests in the cities of Ankara and Izmir and in Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian border.

The arrests come after the PKK's military wing said it killed two Turkish police officers on Wednesday. The group claims the men collaborate with IS in the bombing of a Kurdish activists' group on Monday that killed 32 people.

Border town attacked

Separately, Turkey said that F-16 jets had hit three IS targets in Syria.

It is the first time Turkey has confirmed air strikes against targets in Syria since IS began its advance through Iraq and Syria in 2013.

Turkish state TV said that the jets had not violated Syrian air space as they attacked the border town of Havar, next to the Turkish town of Kilis.

The US is expected to step up bombing raids against IS after reaching an agreement with Turkey to use the Incirlik airbase.

The agreement was finalised in a phone call between President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday. It was confirmed by US officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

Credit: BBC

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