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Al-Bab 'largely taken' from IS, says Turkish PM

Al-Bab 'largely taken' from IS, says Turkish PM

Official statements from the YPG confirm "violent" attacks on their territory from Turkish forces near the border, at least two of them occurring on Tuesday.

The Turkish military is now supporting the Free Syrian Army fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic town held by ISIL in northern Syria. "Our aim is to prevent the opening of corridors from territories controlled by terrorist organisations to Turkey", Yildirim said in a speech to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party in parliament.

As many as 13 children were among those killed in the Turkish shelling on al-Bab in the northern countryside of the northern province of Aleppo, near the Turkish borders, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

While no major clashes have begun yet, the Turkish Army and their rebel allies have recently stated they plan on continuing their military operations until they seize Raqqa City. The ministry said that Russian bombers had been on a mission to destroy Daesh terrorists' positions near al-Bab, where Turkish soldiers had been accidentally bombed.

The town has been seen as a key prize and Syrian government troops and allied forces have also been advancing towards it in a bid to wrest it from IS.

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His comments echo those of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, who said that Turkey-backed forces had entered the centre of Al-Bab and that it would be captured soon.

Al-Bab is 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Turkish border.

Report informs citing the Turkish media that the statement came from Turkish Armed Forces General Staff said.

The newspaper said that the zone was like the demilitarised "Green Line" in Cyprus, created in the 1970s between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities.

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