Turkish Airstrikes Pound IS-held al-Bab Following Execution of Turkish Soldiers

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20179 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State released a harrowing video showing the execution of two Turkish soldiers on <a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/152419" target="_blank">December 22</a>, the Turkish Air Force launched widespread overnight airstrikes in al-Bab.

The Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News released footage purporting to show the aftermath of the airstrikes in the town. Severed limbs, dead babies, and blood-stained streets are shown throughout the video, while numerous buildings appear destroyed. The Turkish military <a href="http://baladi-news.com/ar/news/details/14133/" target="_blank">said</a> it killed at least 40 IS fighters in airstrikes, which targeted the group’s headquarters in the town. However, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cabcs10/posts/1801492603425034" target="_blank">local activists in al-Bab</a> reported a large number of civilian casualties inside the town.

Turkish military forces have called for all civilians <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cabcs10/posts/1801492603425034" target="_blank">remaining inside the city</a> to evacuate due to the escalated threat of collateral damage in the ongoing airstrike campaign.

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