Turkish Military Says 56 ISIS Militants Killed in Syria

Turkish artillery fire also hit 104 ISIS targets, including buildings and bombed vehicles in Syrian town, army says.

An archive photo from February 21, 2017 showing a road as smoke billows following an airstrike on an ISIS position in the Syrian town of al-Bab.
Rafat Ahmad, AFP

Fifty-six Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed forces around the Syrian town of al-Bab and by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in the latest operations on Wednesday, the Turkish military said on Thursday. 

Turkish artillery fire also hit 104 ISIS targets, including buildings and bombed vehicles, the army said in a statement, reiterating it had largely established control in the residential areas of al-Bab. 

The ISIS stronghold, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a prime target since Turkey launched an incursion with Syrian rebels last August to push the jihadists from its frontier and prevent gains by a Kurdish militia. 

Turkey's army said 11 of the jihadists were killed in airstrikes by coalition forces, while the rest were killed in artillery fire and clashes during operations in al-Bab.