ANKARA, Turkey, About 21 Daesh militants were killed and 168 targets, belonging to the Daesh were hit in Al-Bab, northern Syria, in military operations in the last 24 hours, Turkish General Staff stated.
Turkish artillery, supported by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), hit 156 identified Daesh targets, including shelters, defensive positions, command and control buildings, weapons and vehicles. Turkish war planes hit 12 targets.
The statement also said, 43 mines and 2,794 improvised explosives had been defused, since the start of the operation, on last Aug 24.
Ankara has been pushing southward, supporting FSA forces, as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched to clear Daesh and other terrorist organisations from Turkey’s southern border, and form a 5,000-square-metre terror-free zone, according to Turkish Daily, Sabah.
The Turkish Armed Forces launched the Euphrates Shield Operation last Aug, against both the Daesh and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party,(PYD).
Turkey regards the YPG and the PYD as terrorist organisations, due to their links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Meanwhile, Turkish jets hit 11 PKK targets, used as shelters and defensive positions in the Qandil Mountain region of northern Iraq on Friday, the military told Turkish Daily Sabah on Saturday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK