The Turkish government has made the unusual move of confirming that their special forces in a mission called “reconnaissance mission” have entered Syria on Saturday.
Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep near the Turkish-Syrian border said it was highly unusual for the Turkish government to announce a special forces operation conducted outside the country’s borders.
She said, “Perhaps they were trying to give a message by announcing something so secretive”.
She said the operation was probably an attempt to stop the almost daily attacks on Kilis, a Turkish border province which has been hit by rockets from areas in Syria controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
Separately, the Turkish military said it killed up to 55 ISIL fighters in the Baragitah area of northern Syria on Saturday. According to Turkish media reports, three vehicles and three rocket launchers that belonged to ISIL were also destroyed during the special forces mission.