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Turkey-backed FSA takes control of Turkish-Syrian border

The Islamic States (IS) militants lost control of their last territory along the Syrian-Turkish border, Turkish military told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

According to Anadolu Agency, after Turkey backed the Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces, the FSA, which is supported by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), reconnected the Azaz-Jarabulus line on Sunday after flushing the area clean of IS militants.

The Turkish army launched on Aug. 24 the "Euphrates Shield" cross-border operation to drive out IS and other terrorist militants through the FSA fighters, who are bolstered by Turkish weaponry, ammunition, artillery, and jets.

Turkish soldiers, tanks and other equipment entered Syria from the Karkamis area in the Southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep during the operation.

Turkish tanks then crossed into northern Syria from the Southeastern Turkish province of Kilis on Saturday.

[Source: Xinhua, Ankara, 05Sep16]

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