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Turkey on Tuesday sent more tanks into Syria and sternly warned a Kurdish militia to withdraw from frontline positions, a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters captured a key border town from extremists.The tanks joined those which crossed the frontier on Wednesday in the so-called Operation Euphrates Shield, which Turkey says aims at ridding the northern Syrian border area of both ISIS extremists and Kurdish militia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the offensive had expelled ISIS from the Syrian town of Jarablus, and pro-Ankara rebels reported the extremists had retreated south to the town of Al-Bab. But Defense Minister Fikri Isik warned the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia -- who also had designs on Jarablus -- to move back east across the Euphrates or also face intervention from Turkey. The operation, the most ambitious launched by Turkey during the five-and-a-half-year Syria conflict, has seen Turkish special forces deployed on the ground and jet fighters striking ISIS targets.The Jarabulus operation proceeded at lightning speed with the town captured from ISIS just 14 hours after it was launched.
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