Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces backed by Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced on Wednesday that they've gained full control of Jarabulus, after a 12-hour operation.
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The comprehensive military operation dubbed, 'Operation Euphrates Shield' was launched before dawn with Turkish tank units backed by jets crossing the border into Syria.
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According to military sources, Turkish-backed FSA forces seized control of four villages en route to DAESH-held Jarabulus.
An opposition commander said some DAESH terrorists surrendered while the rest pulled back towards the city of al Bab.
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At least 54 DAESH terrorists were killed in the ongoing operation, said the source.
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The US-led coalition has welcomed the operation which significantly contributed to ongoing efforts of the US-backed international coalition against the terror group.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday the Syrian operation was in response to DAESH and PYD [branch of terror group PKK] cross border attacks and future threats.
"This morning at 4am, an operation started in northern Syria against terror groups who constantly threaten our country, like DAESH and the PYD."