Turkish fighter jets early today (July 24, 2015) bombed positions of Islamic State (IS) jihadists inside Syria for the first time, as police in Turkey arrested hundreds of suspected extremists after a wave of violence, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.
The air raids against IS targets marked a dramatic hardening of Turkey's attitude towards the group. The warplane strikes killed nine and wounded 12 IS fighters on jihadist positions in Syria.
Turkey had previously been criticized by the U.S. and other anti-IS nations for not doing enough to combat the jihadists.
IS members were among almost 300 suspected extremists arrested in early morning raids in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, authorities said, while Kurdish militants and Marxist radicals were also detained.