COALITION WARPLANES KILL 20 DAESH MILITANTS IN SYRIA – TURKISH ARMY

ANKARA, -- United States-led coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh militants in Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said, nearly two months into a Turkey-backed rebel operation to drive the jihadists away from the border.

Turkey pushed on with the Syrian operation as Iraqi forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive to expel Daesh 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 Daesh defensive positions and three vehicles, the army statement.

Separately, Turkish warplanes also carried out air strikes and destroyed several Daesh targets, it said.

Since the Turkey-backed operation, dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', was launched on Aug 24, the rebel forces have seized control of some 1,240 square kilometres territory from the jihadists, according to the statement.

Ankara says thousands of Turkey-trained forces are also participating in the assault to push Daesh out of Mosul, despite a row with Baghdad over the presence of Turkish forces in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Turkish police said it killed a Daesh militant who was believed to be preparing to carry out a suicide bombing, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

He was killed in a gunfight after opening fire in response to a police call to surrender in a police operation on the ninth floor of a building on the outskirts of the Turkish capital Ankara, it said.

Source: Nam News Network