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Turkey says warplanes strike IS targets across the border in Syria

  • In this Thursday, July 23, 2015 photo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, his ministers, military commanders and intelligence officials gather during a security meeting in Ankara, Turkey, hours before Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria. (Hakan Goktepe/Pool Photo via AP)

    In this Thursday, July 23, 2015 photo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center, his ministers, military commanders and intelligence officials gather during a security meeting in Ankara, Turkey, hours before Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria. (Hakan Goktepe/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • As seen from outskirts of the village of Seve, on the Turkish side of the border, a Syrian opposition group flag flies on a building in the the outskirts of the village of Havar in Syria, Friday, July 24, 2015. Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria early Friday, government officials said, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, near the area of where the photo was taken, killing a soldier. The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey which had long been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    As seen from outskirts of the village of Seve, on the Turkish side of the border, a Syrian opposition group flag flies on a building in the the outskirts of the village of Havar in Syria, Friday, July 24, 2015. Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria early Friday, government officials said, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, near the area of where the photo was taken, killing a soldier. The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey which had long been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Turkish soldier stands next to an armoured personnel carrier securing a road near the border with Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the village of Seve, east of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Friday, July 24, 2015. Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria early Friday, government officials said, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier. The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey which had long been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    A Turkish soldier stands next to an armoured personnel carrier securing a road near the border with Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the village of Seve, east of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Friday, July 24, 2015. Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria early Friday, government officials said, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier. The bombing is a strong tactical shift for Turkey which had long been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against the extremist group. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria, Turkey's government confirmed Friday.

A government official says three F-16 jets took off from Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey early Friday and used smart bombs to hit three IS targets across the Turkish border province of Kilis. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules requiring prior authorization for comment, said the targets were two command centers and a gathering point of IS supporters.

A government statement said the decision for the operation was taken at a security meeting on Thursday, held after IS militants fired from Syrian territory at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier.

The official said the Turkish planes had not violated Syrian airspace.

The bombing followed a decision by Turkey this week to allow the U.S. military to use the Incirlik air base near the border with Syria to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State.

The agreement, which President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed in a phone call Wednesday, follows months of U.S. appeals to Turkey and delicate negotiations over the use of Incirlik and other bases by the U.S.-led coalition — a sensitive topic in Turkey.

American officials said access to the base in southern Turkey would allow the U.S. to move more swiftly and nimbly to attack IS targets.

Turkey's moves came as the country finds itself drawn further into the conflict by a series of deadly attacks and signs of increased IS activity inside the country.

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Butler reported from Istanbul.