Turkish forces open second front against DAESH in Syria

Free Syrian Army forces backed by Turkish armoured vehicles take control of the Syrian side of the border town of Çobanbey, opening another front against DAESH as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish Army tanks and military personal are stationed in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep Province, Turkey, August 25, 2016.

Updated Sep 4, 2016

Turkish armoured vehicles on Saturday crossed into Syria through the border town of Çobanbey, the Syrian side of which is located in Aleppo Province and is known as Al Rai in Arabic.

According to anonymous military sources cited by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, the opposition Free Syrian Army has managed to take control of the town.

The move is intended to open up another front against the DAESH terrorist organisation as part of Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.


The operation began on August 24 and has so far involved aiding FSA in expelling DAESH from Jarabulus, which is 55km to the east of Çobanbey.

The central aim of Euphrates Shield is securing the Turkish border from hostile groups – DAESH and the YPG in particular.

According to a statement released by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) 20 targets were hit on Saturday, while a total of 300 targets have been hit in Operation Euphrates Shield so far.

The statement also said that 10 regions and an airport in Syria also came under the control of the FSA on Saturday.

The security situation along Syria’s border with Turkey has deteriorated since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

TRTWorld and agencies