Turkish female troops provide backup in Afrin operation

Female officers of military operating howitzers on Turkey-Syria border, supplying ammunition to forces fighting in Afrin

Turkish female troops provide backup in Afrin operation

World Bulletin / News Desk

Female personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces deployed on the border are actively participating in the country’s ongoing counter-terrorism operation in Syria’s northwestern region.

As the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) continue to advance toward Afrin’s city center, the female personnel are providing back-up support by operating Firtina (storm) Howitzers along the Turkey-Syria border line.

The female military officers, some of whom previously participated in the Operation Euphrates Shield, have taken the leading position of the units stationed on the border.

Dilek Aygun, an artillery captain, is one of the officers who are taking part in the operation against the YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorist organizations.

She has been carrying out her duty at the artillery battery deployed on the border to support the advance of the commandos and armored units participating in the Operation Olive Branch.

Aygun said that the Storm howitzers have a very important role in the operation.

Stating the howitzers can destroy targets at a distance of about 40 kilometers with a point shot, Aygun said: “The Firtina Howitzers have been providing a huge fire support in the battle field with their mobility power and healthy shooting capacity.”

The shooting control systems of the howitzers are completely computer-generated, she said, and added they can function in all weather conditions.

“This increases the operational capabilities of the units as well as the strength of back-up support... It is very important for me to take part in the operation," he added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Mart 2018, 10:11