Turkish Army kill 56 ISIS militants in Syria

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Turkish Army kill 56 ISIS militants in Syria

Fifty-six Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed forces around the Syrian town of al Bab and by US-led coalition air strikes in the latest operations on Wednesday, the Turkish military said on Thursday.

Turkish artillery fire also hit 104 Islamic State targets, including buildings and bombed vehicles, the army said in a statement, reiterating it had largely established control in the residential areas of al Bab.

Turkey’s army said 11 of the militants were killed in air strikes by coalition forces, while the rest were killed in artillery fire and clashes during operations in al Bab.

On February 21st, Forty-four IS militants were killed by Turkey-backed operations around the Syrian town of al Bab and in US-led coalition air strikes.

One Turkish soldier was also killed and two were wounded during work to clear landmines and explosives in the area, the army said on Monday, reiterating that it had largely established control in the residential areas of al Bab.

The Islamic State stronghold, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a prime target since Turkey launched an incursion with Syrian rebels last August to push the militants from its frontier and prevent gains by a Kurdish militia.

Meanwhile, a UN-brokered Syria peace talks restart in Geneva today (Thursday) after a 10-month hiatus that has seen the opposition weakened and political upheaval in the foreign powers shaping the conflict.