Turkey has vowed to keep up a crackdown on Islamic State (IS) militants, after launching its first air strikes against their positions in Syria.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the strikes were part of a broad “process”.
Turkey arrested IS suspects on Friday. It has also said it would let the US use a key airbase to attack IS targets.
A suspected IS bombing killed 32 people in the Turkish town of Suruc this week. IS fighters have since clashed with Turkish troops at the Syrian border.
One Turkish soldier was also killed in the exchange of fire at a border post near the Turkish town of Kilis on Thursday.
On Friday, Turkish F-16 jets, based in Diyarbakir, bombed three IS targets in Syria, officials said.
Turkish state TV said the jets had attacked the border village of Havar, next to the Turkish town of Kilis – and had not violated Syrian air space.
However, a fresh attack on IS targets later on Friday did see Turkish jets entering Syrian air space, broadcasters CNN-Turk and NTV reported.
The Turkish government has faced criticism at home and abroad for not doing enough against IS, despite being part of the international coalition fighting it.
In the first attack on Friday, smart bombs struck command centres and a gathering point for IS supporters, an official told the Associated Press news agency.
The agency quotes the private Dogan news agency as saying that up to 35 militants were killed in one of the strikes. However, London-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of dead was not that high.
Friday’s attacks marked the first time Turkey has confirmed air strikes against targets in Syria since IS began its advance through Iraq and Syria in 2013.
“This is a process,” Mr Davutoglu said. “It is not limited to one day or to one region. The slightest movement threatening Turkey will be retaliated against in the strongest way possible.”
He said Turkey was prepared to send troops across the border into Syria “if there was such a need”.
Also on Friday, Turkish police arrested 297 people in raids targeting the alleged supporters of several militant groups, including IS.
Members of the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and of a far-left group, the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C), were also detained.
Analysis – Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic and defence correspondent
Turkey appears to have dropped its studied ambivalence towards IS and has weighed in with air strikes and the shelling of IS targets in Syria, as well as a wave of arrests of alleged IS sympathisers at home.
More important still could be the decision by Ankara to allow US warplanes to strike IS targets from its base in Incirlik.
This provides vital airfields much closer to IS targets in Syria and could enable a step-change in the US air campaign.
For too long, many in the West have argued, Turkey prioritised the removal of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and its own turbulent relations with the Kurds rather than seeking the demise of IS.
But Islamic State may well have over-played its hand, demonstrating that it represents a clear security threat to Turkey which Ankara can no longer ignore.
The arrests come after the PKK’s military wing said it killed two Turkish police officers on Wednesday. The group claims the men collaborated with IS in the bombing in Suruc, targeting left-wing activists.
In Istanbul, more than 5,000 officers helped search 140 properties.
The state-run Anadolu news agency said there were also arrests in the cities of Ankara and Izmir and in Sanliurfa province, close to the Syrian border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was “determined to stop forces from other countries” interfering in Turkey, referring to the latest arrests.
The agreement to let the US use the Incirlik airbase, following months of negotiations, was finalised in a phone call between President Barack Obama and Mr Erdogan this week.
It could allow the US to step up air strikes against IS, as it is closer to northern Syria and Iraq than the Gulf, which currently serves as a launch-pad for bombing missions.
Mr Erdogan said the US-led coalition against IS would be allowed to use the base “within a certain framework” – but did not specify what this would be.
Yasin Aktay, vice president of Turkey’s governing AK Party, told the BBC that talks had been held with the US to try to agree a no-fly zone over parts of Syria.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t come to an agreement with the US on that,” he said.
“It is only when Isis (IS) attacked our soldiers on the borders that we retaliated. Isis has many sympathisers in Turkey and that is why Turkish security forces simultaneously carried out operations in Turkey.”
A return to Incirlik
The US military is more than familiar with the southern Turkish base, and its recent history is tied closely with recent US military operations.
- During the first war against Iraq in 1990, US planes were stationed at the base
- Humanitarian operations for Kurdish refugees flew out of Incirlik after the war
- The base also served as the main hub for operations at the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001
- It acted as the first stop on the way home for thousands of US troops leaving Iraq after the 2003 invasion
- Wikileaks claimed the US and Turkey allowed the base to be used to launch rendition flights for terror suspects
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