Turkish forces destroy 98 ISIL targets in N. Syria

Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield was launched on Aug. 24

Turkish forces destroy 98 ISIL targets in N. Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish army hit at least 91 ISIL targets in northern Syria on Monday as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, according to the military.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Turkish Armed Forces said 91 ISIL targets had been hit by Firtina (storm) howitzer and tank fire, rockets and mortars. No further information was given.

The statement said Turkish jets had also destroyed seven ISIL targets in an air operation in the region.

Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched on Aug. 24, is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by extremist organizations, especially ISIL.

A total of 132 residential areas in a zone totaling nearly 1,100 square kilometers (425 square miles) of northern Syria have been claimed since the beginning of the operation, the statement said.

The operation is in line with the country’s right to self-defense borne out of international treaties and a mandate given to Turkey’s armed forces by its parliament in 2014, which was extended for another year in September 2015.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2016, 10:25