30 ISIL extremists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

231 ISIL targets also destroyed in past 24 hours

30 ISIL extremists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 30 ISIL extremists were neutralized in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to a Turkish General Staff statement released on Tuesday.

Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the extremists in question were killed, captured, or wounded.

In addition, 207 ISIL targets, including the extrem group’s shelters, headquarters, defense positions and vehicles were hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA), the statement said.

The Turkish Air Force also hit 24 ISIL targets in the Syrian towns of Al-Bab, Bzagah and Tadif, including 20 shelters and an anti-aircraft and a mortar site. The Turkish General Staff released images of these operations conducted.

Separately, coalition air forces hit an underground tunnel used by ISIL extremists during operations in Al-Bab.

The Turkish army supports FSA fighters attempting to liberate Al-Bab, a strategic city for ISIL, from the extremist group. 

The statement also said 55 mines and 3,550 improvised explosives had been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.

The Turkey-led Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the extrem threat along the Turkish border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets. Tuesday marks the 161st day of the operation. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ocak 2017, 12:15