51 ISIL extremists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

Turkish army says four so-called 'regional heads' among those ‘neutralized’ in Al-Bab and Bzagah regions

51 ISIL extremists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

A total of 51 ISIL extremists were “neutralized” in the last 24 hours as part of Turkey-backed Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, the military announced Saturday.

Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" to refer to extremists who are killed, wounded or captured.

Turkish General Staff said in a statement that four of the neutralized were also so-called "regional heads" of the ISIL extremist group in the Al-Bab and Bzagah regions.

On the 165th day of the operation, international coalition forces conducted eight airstrikes on ISIL targets in Al-Bab and destroyed two defensive positions and two armed vehicles.

Turkish fighter jets also hit 65 ISIL targets and destroyed 56 buildings and three headquarters, the statement added.

The statement also said 55 mines and 3,656 improvised explosives had been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.

Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August 2016, to tighten border security, eliminate extrem threats along Turkish border and support opposition forces in Syria. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is backed by Turkish forces as part of the operation.

FSA fighters have been concentrating on taking the ISIL-held town of Al-Bab, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo.

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