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Report: Turkish Forces Kill 55 IS Militants In Syria

Turkish media reported on May 8 that Turkish forces have targeted the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in northern Syria, killing 55 militants.

The state-run Anadolu news agency as well as the Dogan news service said the army that struck IS targets near Aleppo also destroyed three vehicles and three rocket launchers.

Anadolu said Turkish military planes also struck positions of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq on May 8.

The reports cannot be independently verified.

The PKK and IS have separately claimed several major suicide attacks in Turkey in recent months.

The Turkish border region of Kilis -- which lies opposite IS-controlled areas in Syria -- has been battered by rocket fire from the other side of the border which has claimed at least 20 lives since mid-January.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier this month Turkey is ready to send troops into Syria "if necessary."

Based on reporting by AP and AFP