Turkish president: Troops entered IS stronghold in Syria

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Militants of the YPG, the armed branch of the PYD, said clashes have flared up frequently in recent days due to attempts at trespassing by Turkish army forces and pro-Turkish Syrian militants.

Turkish forces and allied rebels entered Al-Bab for the first time on Saturday, from the west, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The report noted that the General Staff has cleared large part of Al-Bab from terrorists and continue the operation. Our aim is to prevent the opening of corridors from territories controlled by terrorist organizations to Turkey.

A total of 10 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide bombers were killed in fierce clashes with Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) members during an attack on a temporary base belonging to the Turkish army in northern Syria, the Turkish military has said.

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One Turkish soldier has been killed and four others were injured in clashes during the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria's al-Bab, Dailysabah reported. 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 Kurdish outlet Rudaw notes that the YPG denied the death of any of its fighters, instead claiming that the YPG "damaged" Turkish vehicles and protesting that Turkey had "violated" the sovereignty of Rojava, which the YPG considers the Syrian region of Kurdistan.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkey was seeking to create a safe zone inside war-torn Syria.

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