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Turkey-backed Syrian forces seize strategic al-Bab hills - Turkish military
February 8, 2017 / 9:54 AM / 7 months ago

Turkey-backed Syrian forces seize strategic al-Bab hills - Turkish military

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they stand on the outskirts of the Islamic State-controlled northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria February 4, 2017. Picture taken February 4, 2017.Khalil Ashawi

ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab after operations launched overnight, Turkey's military said on Wednesday.

It said in a written statement that 58 Islamic State militants were killed in air strikes, artillery fire and clashes as part of those operations.

Reporting by Nevzat Devranoglu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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