Syrian Rebels supported by Turkish Armed Forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of Al-Bab. The Turkish military said in a statement that 58 Islamic State militants were killed in air strikes, artillery fire and clashes.

Two Turkish soldiers had been killed and 15 slightly wounded. In the video clips posted online, several purportedly show rebels firing heavy artillery weapons mounted on pick-up trucks towards Islamic State forces.

The battle for Al-Bab has raised the prospect of confrontation between the Turkish Military and the Syrian Army, which has pushed to within a few Kilometres of the town’s southern outskirts.

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