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Turkey joins US-led air strikes against ISIS

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the jets began attacks on the group's targets in Syria on Friday, along with other coalition aircraft

Turkey's fighter jets have carried out the country's first air strikes against the Islamic State militant group as part of the US-led military campaign.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the jets began attacks on the group's targets in Syria on Friday, along with other coalition aircraft.

The statement says Turkey will resolutely continue its fight against the terrorist organization, describing it as a priority.

Turkey had not joined the coalition campaign earlier due to differences with the United States over measures against Syria.

But it launched air strikes on its own against Islamic State targets in Syria last month, following a deadly terrorist attack in a Turkish town near the Syrian border. Turkish officials say an Islamic State militant carried out the attack.

The Turkish government later agreed with the US to step up cooperation in the fight against the group, and then decided to join the US-led military operations.

US and other coalition forces are continuing their air strikes against the militant group, which controls wide areas straddling Syria and Iraq.

But their operations have not been able to stop the militants, who last week took control of 5 more villages in northern Syria near the Turkish border.

Attention is focused on whether Turkey's full involvement in the coalition campaign will lead to a breakthrough in the current situation.