Turkish forces crossed the border into Syria today in Turkey’s largest yet military involvement in the Syrian conflict, coordinating with US forces to push the Islamic State out of the group’s stronghold in the town of Jarablus. Rebel troops have announced that the operation was successful.
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Russia launched airstrikes from an Iranian air base into Syria for the second day in a row on Wednesday, killing more than 150 militants and destroying two command posts in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province.
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