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Turkey and Syrian rebels seize town from I.S.

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Changing hands, the Syrian town of Jerablus switching from Islamic State control to that of Syrian rebels, who seized the town on Wednesday, with the help of Turkish Special Forces, warplanes, and tanks.
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is amateur footage purporting to show Syrian rebels taking the town. Turkey's first major incursion into its southern neighbor Syria backed by the United States.
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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, preventing them from seizing territory on the border and bolstering Turkish Kurdish insurgents. Reuters' Humeyra Pamuk is on the border.
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>> We have heard occasional gunfire. We've also heard three or four explosions, which the security officials have told us were carried out by the security forces in a bid to remove the mines planted by Islamic State from the area. Once these mines are cleared and the border area is secured, local officials tell us that they plan to send humanitarian aid across for the 5,000 people in Jerablus, mostly civilians.
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>> Its 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. 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 for the weekend, Turkey announced plans to cleanse its borders of Islamic state.
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Jerablus was one of the hard core group's last strongholds. And that's a goal with clear US backing.