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ABU DHABI, August 24. /TASS/. Representatives of the Syrian opposition whose units are involved in the Turkish troops' operation in northern Syria have announced they had established full control over the city of Jarablus that was under the control of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) until very recently, Al Jazeera television reported on Wednesday.
According to the TV network, IS gunmen are leaving the city retreating southward.
Ankara declared on Wednesday morning the Turkish army had begun an operation in the territory of neighboring Syria. Turkish armor and ground troops, including commando units in cooperation with the allied armed groups of the Syrian opposition crossed the border into Syria. Ankara has declared that the purpose of its military operation is struggle against the Islamic State terrorist group and the Kurdish militias.
Damascus condemned the operation saying it regards such actions as an outright violation of Syria’s sovereignty.