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Erdogan says Turkish troops inside IS bastion Al-Bab

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies have entered the centre of the Islamic State-held bastion Al-Bab, saying its capture was now a "matter of time". "Al-Bab is now besieged from all fronts... Our forces entered the centre" with Syrian rebels, Erdogan told journalists in Istanbul before leaving for a tour of Gulf countries. Erdogan said it was "only a matter of time" before the allied forces took full control of the flashpoint town. "Daesh forces have…

Turkey accuses IS of killing 30 civilians in Syria

ISTANBUL: The Turkish army on Monday accused Islamic State (IS) militants of killing at least 30 civilians seeking to flee the flashpoint Syrian town of Al-Bab which Ankara and its rebel allies have been seeking to capture for weeks. The army said that the civilians were killed with mines and homemade bombs as they tried to make their way out of Al-Bab, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, without giving further details. Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels have been seeking to take Al-Bab as a key part of an…

Turkey-backed rebels kill 68 Islamic State fighters near Syria’s al-Bab: military

AL-BAB: Syrian rebels backed by Turkish warplanes killed 68 Islamic State militants in northern Syria overnight, the Turkish military said on Saturday, as intense fighting around the town of al-Bab continued. Rebels supported by Turkish troops have laid siege to the Islamic State-held town for weeks under the "Euphrates Shield" operation launched by Turkey nearly four months ago to sweep the Sunni hardliners and Kurdish fighters from its Syrian border. Fighting around al-Bab has escalated this week with Turkish…