World Bulletin / News Desk
Isik's remarks came during a speech in parliament in Turkey's capital Ankara, where he briefed deputies about ongoing Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria.
"Over 1,000 ISIL extremists have been killed since the beginning of the Euphrates Shield operation," said the Turkish defense minister.
Meanwhile, the Turkish General Staff in a written statement said 90 ISIL targets had been destroyed in Al-Bab airstrikes, while 160 extremists were killed during Thursday's clashes.
Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces and eliminate the extrem threat along Turkey’s border using Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.