Turkey plans to send more ground troops into Syria to capture a key town held by jihadists, as Ankara seeks to extend its unprecedented military operation against the extremist group, reports said Wednesday.
The additional Turkish infantry troops are needed to capture the town of Al-Bab from the jihadists, military sources told the Hurriyet daily, without specifying when the push might start.
But the sources told Hurriyet that taking Al-Bab would be a far tougher proposition.
The IS bastion of Al-Bab is 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Al-Rai on the Turkish border and in the battleground province of Aleppo.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before heading to the UN General Assembly in New York this week that Turkey could push further south to create a 5,000-square-kilometre (1,900 square-mile) safe zone in Syria