Under Operation Euphrates Shield, aimed at helping Syrian opposition fighters expel terror groups, the Turkish military has struck 222 Daesh targets.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in late August to expel terrorist groups from its border with Syria.
Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in late August to expel terrorist groups from its border with Syria.

Turkish warplanes destroyed 17 Daesh targets and killed 26 members of the terror group in air strikes on al-Bab and Daglabash in northern Syria, the military said in a statement on Friday.

The strikes by Turkish jets were carried out as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, launched by Ankara to clear areas along Syria's northern border of Daesh and YPG – the Syrian wing of the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU and Turkey.

Turkish military forces said it had struck 222 Daesh targets on Friday, destroying command control buildings, shelters, weapons and vehicles belonging to the group.

Since Operation Euphrates Shield was launched 129 days ago, the military said it had killed 1,294 Daesh militants, 306 Kurdish militants.

The military also confirmed that Russian aircraft carried out three air strikes against Daesh in the area of al-Bab, killing 12.

In a separate incident, one Turkish soldier was killed and five others were injured in a Daesh attack to the south of al Azrak, the military said.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies