A child sits in front of the wreckage of a blast damaged building on January 14, 2016 in Diyarbakir. AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN
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Turkish tanks and artillery have bombarded Daesh (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 Daesh 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 militants.Cross-border strikes into Syria targeted an area around the rebel-held town of Marea, 20 kilometers from the Turkish border and near the edge of a "safe zone" Turkey wants to establish in northern Syria to keep Daesh at bay.
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