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Turkish warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria for first time

Turkish warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria for first time

Deepening the involvement of a reluctant ally in the fight against the militants of Islamic State, Turkey for the first time sent warplanes to strike targets associated with the jihadist group inside Syria, U.S. and Turkish officials said Saturday. A U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria for more than a year, but NATO ally Turkey had long resisted actively joining in the military effort. Under a deal announced last month, the Ankara government agreed to allow coalition use of Turkish bases, including the sprawling installation at Incirlik. Since then, U.S. drones and F-16s have flown missions from the base, which lies close to northern Syria....

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