By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. In the nearby village of Accumoli, a family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and 9 years, were buried when their house imploded. Aerial photographs showed whole areas of Amatrice, last year voted one of Italy's most beautiful historic towns, flattened by the 6.2 magnitude quake.
By Humeyra Pamuk and Jeff Mason KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor. A column of at least nine Turkish tanks crossed into Syria with the group of largely Arab and Turkmen rebels to drive Islamic State out of Jarablus and surrounding villages. President Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was targeting both Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia, whose gains in northern Syria have alarmed Turkey.
US military aircraft on Wednesday pounded the northern Syrian border town of Jarabulus as part of a Turkish-led effort to push Islamic State group jihadists from the key crossing point. By Wednesday evening in Syria, rebels said they had seized full control of Jarabulus, which had been held by IS since 2014 and was a key transit point for IS fighters flowing between Syria and Turkey. A second US defense official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said some IS fighters appeared to be attempting to flee Jarabulus, and would be targeted from the air if they are confirmed to be jihadists.