The Turkish military said 47 terrorists were "neutralised" when Turkish-backed opposition fighters, and Turkish and US warplanes hit Daesh in the latest fighting near al-Bab.

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters attack Daesh positions near al-Bab, Syria on February 2, 2017.
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters attack Daesh positions near al-Bab, Syria on February 2, 2017.

Turkey's military on Friday said 47 Daesh terrorists were killed, wounded or captured as part of its Operation Euphrates Shield over the last 24 hours in northern Syria.

It said the terrorists were "neutralised" near the Daesh-held town of al-Bab, 40 kilometres northeast of Aleppo in clashes with opposition fighters and in air strikes by Turkish warplanes and jets from the US-led coalition.

The Turkish Armed Forces also hit 135 Daesh targets in northern Syria, the General Staff said on day 164 of the operation.

Turkey launch Euphrates Shield on August 24, 2016 to secure its border with Syria and eliminate the terror threat in the region.

US-led air strikes destroy Raqqa bridges

US-led coalition strikes on Thursday destroyed two bridges in Raqqa on the northeast bank of the Euphrates River, activists said.

The strikes also targeted the water pump line and cut water to the city.

The activists said that destroying infrastructure used by civilians was unacceptable, regardless of the US-led coalition's aims.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, which is led by the YPG, considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, said on Thursday that the next phase of its campaign against Daesh in Syria would be to take its stronghold of Raqqa.

The US-led coalition is supporting the SDF which is besieging the city, Daesh's de facto capital in Syria.

Syrian regime will boost battle against Daesh in northern Syria

The military command of Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria said on Thursday that it was expanding military operations against Daesh in the country's north.

Regime forces have advanced to within 6 km (4 miles) of al-Bab, according to Damascus.

The regime gains brings its fighters closer to potential conflict with Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces fighting the terrorist group in the country's northwest.

Regime forces and their allies had recaptured more than 30 towns and villages from Daesh, and a 16 km (10 mile) stretch of the highway that links Aleppo to al-Bab, the military command said.

Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq kill eleven civilians

The US military said on Thursday that eleven civilians were killed in four separate strikes by US-led coalition forces between October 25 and December 9 last year in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

"Although the Coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimises the risk to civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable," the military said.

At least 2,358 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes, according to monitoring group Airwars.

Turkey to attend a new meeting on Syria in Kazakhstan

Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a "technical meeting" on the Syria crisis in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, on February 6, Kazakhstan's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

At a meeting in Astana in late January, Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed on a trilateral mechanism to police a ceasefire in Syria that Turkey and Russia brokered in December.

The next round of UN-sponsored peace talks on Syria are scheduled to begin in Geneva on February 20.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies