Islamic State driven from Turkey-Syria border

Islamic State driven from Turkey-Syria border.  ISTANBUL, Turkey,  Turkish forces have reportedly pushed Islamic State militants from areas along the Turkish-Syrian border, according to Turkish media.

Turkish forces and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels drove Islamic State militants out of the Turkish-Syrian border area, the Turkish government announced Sunday. photo by Jennifer Ciochon/ UPI | License Photo

Turkish forces and Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army fighters recaptured the town of Jarablus, cutting off money and supplies, and possible recruits, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Azaz is also a key town in the region.

“The Jarablus-Azaz line is totally under the control of FSA (Free Syrian Army) backed by coalition forces,” a Turkish armed forces member told CNN Sunday.

“Our 91km border has been completely secured,” he said during a televised speech. “All terrorist organisations have been repulsed and they have gone,” said Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Syrian rebels pushed “ISIL fighters to pull out towards al-Bab, which is their last remaining stronghold in northern Syria” Al Jazeera reported.

Turkey’s announcement came a day after rebel forces ran through several villages seemingly absent of Islamic State militants.

By Shawn Price