Turkey aims to establish safe zone in northern Syria

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23 September, 2016

Six people were wounded when a rocket fired from an area of Syria under the control of Islamic State hit the Turkish border town of Kilis on Thursday, Turkish officials said.

Windows were shattered and dust rose from smashed concrete on a busy shopping street, footage following the attack aired by on CNN Turk showed. He said six people, majority children, were injured in the initial barrage.

A large number of Syrian refugees live in Kilis after fleeing the civil war at home.

"As of 1800 hours (1500 GMT) clashes were continuing between (Syrian) rebels.and Daesh terror group elements who carried out a broad attack to take back areas they had lost", it said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Security sources said two more people were lightly injured in the second round of rocket fire.

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Military experts stated that that in order to relieve Turkish territory from Daesh's Katyusha rockets, which have a range of 40-45 kilometers, FSA units must capture the Dabiq region and the town of al Bab located 25 to 30 kilometers south of the border.

Dozens were killed in Kilis earlier this year after it came under regular attack from ISIS rockets.

Turkish tanks rolled into Syria from Kilis province this month, as part of an operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" that has helped Turkish-backed rebels sweep Islamic State from a 90-km (55-mile) stretch of Turkey's border.

The government of President Barack Obama is studying a military plan to arm directly the Syrian Kurdish fighters fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), a major policy shift that could accelerate the offensive against the terrorist group and intensify tensions significantly between Turkey and Washington, according to the Times.


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