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ISIS blows up truck bombs at Syrian town near Turkey’s border

The UK-based Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks targeted Kurdish YPG checkpoints in two mainly Arab inhabited villages

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Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Saturday detonated explosive laden trucks in two villages near the Kurdish-controlled Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, with reports of casualties, a monitor that tracks the war said.

The UK-based Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks targeted Kurdish YPG checkpoints in two mainly Arab inhabited villages on the south eastern edge of the town.

Tel Abyad, in a strategic location on the border with Turkey, was taken last month by Kurdish forces from ultra-hardline jihadists in an advance backed by U.S. led air strikes.

Infographic: ISIS bombs explode on Syria-Turkey border
Infographic: ISIS bombs explode on Syria-Turkey border

The news come after Turkey launched its first-ever air attack against ISIS targets in Syria early on Friday, promising more decisive action against both ISIS and Kurdish militants.

Turkish forces on Saturday also unleashed a third wave of airstrikes and ground attacks on ISIS targets in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

(With Reuters)