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A Turkish soldier on an armored personnel carrier waves as they drive from the border back to their base in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey widens Syria offensive

KARKAMIS, Turkey - Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in north Syria, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes on Kurdish forces and Islamic State.

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