Sunday, January 29, 2017

At Least 18 Daesh Terrorists Killed in Turkey’s Operations in Northern Syria
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:11AM

A militant walks with his weapon on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, January 26, 2017. (Photos by Reuters)

Turkish forces have killed 18 Daesh terrorists during operations in northern Syria over the past 24 hours.

According to a statement released by the Turkish army on Sunday, some 130 terrorist targets, including hideouts, defense positions, headquarters, weapons and vehicles were also shelled in the operations.

Turkish fighter planes also carried out raids against various terrorist-held positions in al-Bab, destroying ammunition depots, checkpoints, tunnels and nine buildings.

Earlier in the month, Russia announced that Turkish jets had joined the anti-Daesh operations in Syria’s al-Bab.

The statement noted that the US-led coalition also engaged in airstrikes in the region, destroying terrorist infrastructure.

A militant smokes a cigarette with his weapon in his arm on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 26, 2017.

It noted that some 87 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also found and neutralized during the operations as well as 55 mines.

On Friday, at least 10 civilians, including a child, were killed during Turkish airstrikes in and around al-Bab.

In August last year, the Turkish air force and special ground forces launched Operation Euphrates Shield inside Syria in a declared bid to aid the Free Syrian Army militants and rid the border area of Daesh terrorists and fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD), who have been making gains under the aegis of the US and other Western countries. Ankara has already made it clear that it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains close to its frontiers.   

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