Turkey’s military launched a second incursion into Syria Saturday against an Islamic State-held border town, in a move that U.S. officials view as a necessary step to flushing out the jihadist group from the war-torn country. A Turkish armored unit supported by artillery strikes moved across the border into Al-Rai, a Syrian city that Syrian rebels lost to

Islamic State earlier in May and which is located roughly halfway along the line of control bebetween the Turkish-Syrian border. A statement from the Turkish military said that Syrian rebels fighting with the support of Turkish armored units and artillery had control of the Syrian town. It wasn’t immediately clear when the operation started or what kind of resistance the forces met during the incursion. READ MORE