Turkish tanks enter Syrian town near border to support rebels against IS: rebel spokesman

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BEIRUT: Turkish tanks entered the Syrian town of al-Rai near the border on Saturday in support of a new insurgent attack against Islamic State, a rebel spokesman said.

"They (the tanks) entered the attack now," said Mohammed Rasheed of the Jaish al-Nasr rebel group, which operates under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.

The wider offensive against Islamic State along the Syria-Turkey border is being waged by Turkish-backed FSA factions and has been supported by Turkish tanks and warplanes.

Turkish tanks cross in Syria from Kilis province: Dogan agency

ISTANBUL: Turkish tanks crossed into northern Syria from Kilis province on Saturday, while howitzers pounded Islamic State positions in the area, Dogan news agency said.

The tanks crossed the border near the Turkish village of Cobanbey, which lies across from the Syrian village of al Rai, Dogan said.

A Reuters cameraman in the area earlier heard a repeated booming sound and saw plumes of smoke rising from the Syrian side of the border.