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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    The Turkish army killed 35 Islamic State terrorists in airstrikes carried out against the group’s positions in Syria, Turkish DHA news agency reported Friday, citing a military source.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — According to the source, the Turkish Air Force launched three airstrikes against ISIL locations in Syria earlier in the day. The bombs destroyed two command centers and a meeting-point used by the militants.

    The operation marks the first time that Turkey has carried out airstrikes against ISIL on Syrian territory.

    Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held an emergency meeting on national security in Ankara.

    The meeting comes after a suicide bombing attack, on July 20, in the Turkish city of Suruc near the Syrian border, which claimed lives of 32 people and injured more than 100.

    Turkey shares a 550-mile border with war-torn Syria, where the ISIL jihadist group has seized vast territories over the past three years. ISIL was reportedly responsible for the Suruc bombing.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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