Turkey Strikes IS,Kurds In Syria

yyyyTurkish artillery has attacked a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia as well as Islamic State group positions across the border in Syria.

Attacks targeted positions north of the town of Manbij, which a Kurdish-led force recently captured from IS, on Monday.

Turkey has increased security measures at its border opposite the Islamic State-held town of Jarablus, deploying tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Turkish officials were not immediately available to confirm the report, which came as Syrian activists claimed that hundreds of Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have gathered in the Turkish border area of Karkamis in preparation for an attack on Jarablus.

Ankara is concerned about the growing power of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, who are linked to Kurdish groups waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.