Turkey, Middle East

1,028 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation

PYD/PKK, Daesh terrorists have been targeted during ongoing Operation Olive Branch, Turkish military says

08.02.2018
1,028 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation

By Sinan Uslu

ANKARA

At least 1,028 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, said the Turkish General Staff on Thursday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

In a statement, the military said Turkish Armed Forces had "neutralized" 29 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists in airstrikes that were carried out overnight.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said only terror targets were being destroyed and the "utmost care and sensitivity" were being used to not harm civilians.

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