Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) his wife Sare (L) and German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere (R) visit the scene of yesterday's suicide attack at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Turkey January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Bulent Kilic/Pool
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Turkish tanks and artillery have bombarded ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq over the past 48 hours, killing almost 200 of its fighters in retaliation for a suicide bombing in Istanbul, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday.Davutoglu said the Turkish strikes had targeted ISIS positions around Bashiqa in northern Iraq, where Ankara recently deployed a force protection unit to defend Turkish soldiers who are training an Iraqi militia in the fight against the Sunni radicals.Cross-border strikes into Syria targeted an area around the rebel-held town of Marea, 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish border and near the edge of a "safe zone" Turkey wants to establish in northern Syria to keep ISIS at bay.Davutoglu on Wednesday again accused Russia of protecting ISIS in Syria by bombing opposition forces fighting the group rather than ISIS itself and said Russia's entry into the Syrian war was obstructing Turkish airstrikes.
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