12 ISIL killed in northern Syria

Operation Euphrates Shield now in 77th day

12 ISIL killed in northern Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish-backed ground forces and coalition airstrikes have killed 12 ISIL extremists in northern Syria, the military said Tuesday.

In a statement, the General Staff said Turkey hit 57 ISIL and one PKK/PYD target on Monday, including defensive positions and mortars, as part of Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria.

The military added seven Syrian opposition fighters were wounded during Monday's clashes.

Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in late August to clear Syria's northern border area of extremists. It is now in its 77th day.

The operation has seen both ISIL and PKK/PYD terror groups targeted by the opposition Free Syrian Army plus Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft. The PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD, are both listed as extremist groups by Turkey although the U.S. and EU only view the PKK as a terror organization.

Turkey's army added that since the beginning of the operation in late August, 36 mines and just over 1,460 handmade explosives had been dealt with.

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