Turkish tanks have entered Syria in the area of the Syrian city Dzharablus (located near the border with Turkey, about 80 km East of Aleppo, about 30 km West of the city Kobane) in the framework of the operation “Shield of the Euphrates”. About it reports Reuters, citing military sources. A Reuters reporter saw at the border of the six tanks. At the same time strikes were Turkish planes and artillery.
On entering the tanks of Turkey to the territory of Syria according to Turkish publication Hurriyet, citing its own correspondent. According to him, the tanks entered Syria at 11.07 local time (coincides with Moscow). Also in Syria entered Turkey-backed Syrian rebel force, told Reuters one of the commanders.
The President of Turkey Redzhep Tayip Erdogan, officially announced the beginning of military operation the day on August 24. According to him, it is directed against the “Islamic state” and Kurdish self-defense forces. Turkey intends to “put an end” to the attacks in the border area, said the Turkish leader.
The Turkish armed forces began a military operation near the borders of Syria this morning, August 24. Tanks and aircraft bombed positions of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). In total, the Turkish military struck a 70 tank shock, the aircraft was struck by another 12 goals.
Earlier, Turkish military sources, Reuters reported that the ground operation has begun. However, the border with Syria crossed special forces. The purpose of military operations is to clean up the Turkish borders from terrorist groups and “support for the territorial integrity of Syria”, reported the Anadolu news Agency. Also on 22 August, the Turkish military has caused an artillery strike on the positions of militants “Islamic state” and Kurdish people’s protection units (YPG) in Aleppo province.
As said by Reuters, Turkey uses its military aircraft for strikes on Syria for the first time from November 2015, when their fighter jet shot down a Russian su-24.
Turkey has already carried out a ground military operation in Syria in February 2015. Turkish military with a large number of tanks entered the territory of the country through the Kurdish city of Kobani. The official purpose of the operation was called to evacuate Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I. the Mausoleum was in Syria, 60 km from the border with Turkey, but was declared Turkish territory.