World Bulletin / News Desk
Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on Aug. 24, is backed by the Turkish Armed Forces and is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces and eliminating the threat posed by extremist organizations in Syria, especially ISIL.
The PKK -- listed as a extremist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year. Since then, more than 700 security force members have been martyred and around 8,000 PKK extremists killed or apprehended.
Meanwhile, coalition forces killed four ISIL extremists in four airstrikes in northwestern Syria. Two vehicles, two buildings and a mortar were also destroyed.