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Turkey and Syrian rebels take town from I.S.

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>> Changing hands, the Syrian town of Jarabulus switching from Islamic State control to that of Syrian rebels, who seized the town on Wednesday with the help of Turkish special forces, war planes and tanks. Turkey's first major incursion into its southern neighbor Syria backed by the United States. It's not only to stop Islamic State militants controlling the border area and launching suicide bombings within Turkey, but also, for Ankara at least, about the Syrian Kurdish rebels operating in the area.
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Preventing them from seizing territory on the border and bolstering Turkish Kurdish insurgents. It's a complicated patch of territory on the tip of northern Syria. The United States backs the Syrian Kurdish rebels that Turkey's so keen to stop advancing. Those rebels have now retreated east of the Euphrates river.
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But after a suicide bombing, that Turkey suspects was linked to Islamic State, killed 54 people celebrating a wedding in the southeastern town of Gaziantep at the weekend, Turkey announced plans to cleanse its borders of Islamic State. Jarabulus was one of the hard core group's last strongholds. And that's a goal with clear US backing.