After Turkey virtually gave ISIS a pass for many months, the Turkish military and allied forces are seriously attacking both U.S.-backed Kurdish militia and Islamic State group positions across the border in Syria. The Turkish government has fought the Kurds for many years because the latter want to carve out a nation of their own in the region, including in part of Turkey.
“The fundamental aim in the latest operation is to open a corridor for moderate rebels,” a Turkish official said.
Turkey’s foreign minister had vowed to “completely cleanse” the country’s border regions of Isis militants, after a suicide bomber with links to the group killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding.
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