Ankara launches air strikes against Isis

26 July 2015

Turkey joins international community as it carries out anti-Isis assaults in Syria and Iraq

  • Turkish air force attacks Isis and PKK
  • Military response follows border attack last week

Turkish forces have carried out air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) positions and Kurdish PKK militants in Syria and Northern Iraq following a border attack last week.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said 590 Isis and PKK members have been arrested.

The air strikes follow a bomb attack, which killed 32 people, in the Turkish border town of Suruc on 20 July.

Turkey has been reluctant to join international forces in their fight against Isis in Iraq and Syria, but the recent assault, which saw Ankara also take aim at Kurdish forces, is likely to escalate the conflict, according to experts.

Approaching its fifth year, the Syrian conflict shows no signs of slowing down and, with the international community increasingly divided over the legitimacy of all parties, the recent operation by Turkey will further polarise opinions on the military response in both Syria and Iraq.

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