WEB DESK: Turkish planes have for the first time carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria.
Police also launched raids against IS and Kurdish militants across the country, arresting 251 people, the Prime Minister’s office said.
On Thursday, Turkish forces exchanged fire with IS fighters near the Syrian border. One Turkish soldier was killed.
Turkey will now let the US launch air strikes against IS from the Incirlik air base, US officials have said.
The raids in Istanbul, where 140 properties were searched, involved 5,000 officers.
Members of the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and of a far-left group, the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C), were also arrested.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said there were also arrests in the cities of Ankara and Izmir and in Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian border.
The arrests come after the PKK’s military wing said it killed two Turkish police officers on Wednesday. The group claims the men collaborated with IS in the bombing of a Kurdish activists’ group on Monday that killed 32 people.