Turkish military "neutralises" Daesh fighters in northern Syria

Turkey hit 154 Daesh targets during an operation in the Syrian town of al-Bab that opposition fighters backed by Turkish troops have laid siege to for weeks.

Photo by: Anadolu Agency
Photo by: Anadolu Agency

Operation Euphrates Shield, which began nearly four months ago, is aimed at clearing hostile groups from Syria's border with Turkey.

The Turkish military said on Wednesday that 44 Daesh fighters were "neutralised" and another 117 were wounded during an ongoing operation in the northern Syrian town of al-Bab.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in late August to expel terrorist groups from it border with Syria. Since then, Turkish explosive  teams have destroyed 2,392 handmade explosives and 42 mines in former Daesh strongholds.

In the latest offensive, Turkey's army  said 154 Daesh targets with artillery and other weaponry were destroyed. Seven rebels were wounded in clashes.


Turkey has been seeking to clear northern Syrian town of al-Bab town from Daesh to secure its borders. Source: Anadolu Agency

Control of al-Bab is strategic for Turkey as it  will keep Daesh away from its borders. Under Operation Euphrates Shield, rebels supported by Turkish troops have laid siege to the town for weeks.

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