Turkey, Middle East

43 Daesh terrorists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

245 Daesh targets also destroyed during Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield

43 Daesh terrorists 'neutralized' in northern Syria



At least 43 Daesh terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement released early Saturday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorist in question was either killed or captured.

In addition, 245 Daesh targets, including the terror group’s shelters, headquarters, defense positions and vehicles were hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish Land Forces' support, the statement said.

Turkish fighter jets also destroyed 55 buildings used as hideouts, two headquarters, two meeting points, a guard station, an arms depot, and a wireless station of the terrorist group.

In a separate statement issued later on Saturday, the Turkish military said that a total of 223 Daesh terrorists and five PKK/PYD terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria as part of Turkish-backed Operation Euphrates Shield over the past week.

The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Friday marks the 172nd day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.

Operation Euphrates Shield

The Turkish Army also released in a statement updated data on Operation Euphrates Shield which indicates that more than 3,000 terrorists have been killed, wounded or captured in northern Syria since late August.

Operation Euphrates Shield has resulted in 2,705 Daesh fighters and 344 PKK/PYD terrorists being “neutralized”, the Turkish General Staff said in the weekly briefing note.

The operation has been focused on the Daesh-held town of Al-Bab since early December. Free Syrian Army fighters supported by Turkish forces have reached the town’s western and northern outskirts, the statement said.

The military said 229 residential areas and 1,910 square kilometers (725 square miles) of land had been secured along northern Syria’s Azaz to Jarabulus corridor that runs parallel to the Turkish frontier.

The Turkish Air Force had hit 1,972 targets, the statement added. More than 3,000 improvised explosive devices and 66 land mines have been disarmed.

The Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield began late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.

Reporting by Esin Isik, Sinan Uslu:Writing by Emin Avundukluoglu, Hatice Kesgin

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