Turkish army 'neutralizes' 22 ISIL extremists in Syria

Operation Euphrates Shield sees Turkish, opposition forces destroy ISIL, PKK/PYD targets

Turkish army 'neutralizes' 22 ISIL extremists in Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish forces “neutralized” a total of 22 ISIL extremists on the 72nd day of Operation Euphrates Shield, the military said on Thursday.

The Turkish General Staff said Wednesday's clashes saw 11 fighters from Syrian opposition forces also injured. It said that 100 ISIL and 4 PKK/PYD targets were destroyed, including extremist shelters, defensive positions and command-and-control centers.

Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in late August to clear Syria's northern border area of extremists.

The operation has seen both ISIL and PKK/PYD extremist 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.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the regime of Bashar al-Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Last Mod: 03 Kasım 2016, 10:42
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