Ankara: United States-led coalition warplanes killed 20 ISIS terrorists in Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, nearly two months into a Turkey-backed rebel operation to drive the terrorists away from the border.
Turkey pushed on with the Syrian operation as Iraqi forces launched a US-backed offensive to expel ISIS from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The 11 coalition air strikes in Syria targeted the areas of Kar Kalbayn, Ghuz, Hassajik and Tiltanah and destroyed two ISIS defensive positions and three vehicles, the army statement.
Separately, Turkish warplanes also carried out air strikes and destroyed several ISIS targets, it said.
Since the Turkey-backed operation, dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’, was launched on August 24, the rebel forces have seized control of some 1,240 square kilometres (479 square miles) territory from the terrorists, according to the statement.
Ankara says thousands of Turkey-trained forces are also participating in the assault to push ISIS out of Mosul, despite a row with Baghdad over the presence of Turkish forces in Iraq.