So­cial me­dia rap on ter­ror

US-backed op­er­a­tion crosses bor­der to hit ISIS

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY CHRIS HUGHES De­fence and Se­cu­rity Edi­tor­

SO­CIAL me­dia gi­ants are “con­sciously fail­ing” to block ter­ror­ists, MPs warn to­day.

A Com­mons Home Af­fairs Com­mit­tee re­port claims ex­trem­ists use pop­u­lar sites as “the ve­hi­cle of choice in spread­ing pro­pa­ganda”.

Chair­man Keith Vaz said: “Cor­po­ra­tions like Face­book and Twit­ter are con­sciously fail­ing to tackle this threat and hid­ing be­hind their supra­na­tional le­gal sta­tus.”

TURKEY has launched a full-scale ar­moured as­sault in Syria, send­ing bat­tle tanks over the bor­der to at­tack both ISIS and Kur­dish forces.

The op­er­a­tion is backed by large for­ma­tions of warplanes pro­vid­ing air sup­port to “friendly” Syr­ian rebel forces, who are bat­tling Is­lamic State fight­ers.

Ankara’s op­er­a­tion, called Euphrates Shield, is aimed at smash­ing ISIS po­si­tions in Jarablus, the group’s only re­main­ing strong­hold near the bor­der.

It is also tak­ing on Kur­dish mili­tias in north­ern Syria, who along with the Is­lamic ter­ror group, are sus­pected of launch­ing a se­ries of bomb at­tacks in Turkey.

The mis­sion is backed by the US-led coali­tion. The in­cur­sion also opened cor­ri­dors for Syr­ian op­po­si­tion fight­ers, backed by Turkey, who mounted an as­sault.

Turkey’s for­eign min­is­ter Mevlüt Çavu­soglu said: “We are de­ter­mined to clear ISIS from the bor­der.” The op­er­a­tion marks the first time Ankara’s ground forces have smashed through the bor­der into Syria, apart from a brief op­er­a­tion early last year to res­cue the tomb of an an­ces­tor of the founder of the Ot­toman empire. Turkey said it had hit 81 tar­gets in north­ern Syria with F-16 warplanes and had also shelled ISIS po­si­tions.

Turkey’s pres­i­dent, Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, said in a speech in Ankara: “At 4am this morn­ing, op­er­a­tions started in the north of Syria against ter­ror groups which con­stantly threaten our coun­try.”

The gov­ern­ment in Ankara said the op­er­a­tion was an act of self-de­fence, in re­sponse to ISIS shellings and bomb­ings.

US Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den yes­ter­day tried to ease ten­sions be­tween the States and Turkey as he of­fered sol­i­dar­ity with Ankara. He ad­mit­ted he un­der­stands the “in­tense feel­ing” against US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, who Turkey blames for the re­cent failed coup at­tempt.

SOL­I­DAR­ITY Joe Bi­den

AR­MOURED AS­SAULT Turk­ish forces move into Syria

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