ANKARA — Turkish air planes hit Islamic State targets in northern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement on Monday.
Three targets used by Islamic State as shelter, ammunition store and military headquarters were hit in the air strike on Sunday, the military said.
(Reporting by Orhan Coskun, Writing by Seda Sezer; Editing by Michael Perry)
Syrian Army Ceasefire Expires, No Statement of Extension
BEIRUT — A seven-day ceasefire declared by the Syrian army expired at midnight, with no immediate announcement of its extension on Monday. The “regime of calm” was announced on Sept. 12 following a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia.
Both rebels and the government have accused each other of numerous violations of the ceasefire, the second this year.
In its statement announcing the “calm”, the army had said it would expire at 11:59 p.m. (2059 GMT) on Sunday.
(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Airstrike on Syrian Troops Weakens U.S. Effort to Curb Violence
WASHINGTON — The United States’ accidental bombing of Syrian troops over the weekend has put it on the defensive, undercutting American efforts to reduce violence in the civil war and open paths for humanitarian relief.
The United States had thought that if a deal to ease hostilities in Syria, struck by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart in Geneva nine days ago, fell apart, it would reveal Russia’s duplicity in the war, in which Moscow has supported the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
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