Turkey largely achieves security on Syrian border
This picture taken from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 24, 2016 shows Turkish army tanks (AFP Photo)

The threat of cross-border rocket attacks from Syria into Turkey has largely been thwarted following the capture of nine areas, including the Daesh-held village of Dabiq, the military said on Monday.

According to the military, the latest achievements enabled border security between the Turkish towns of Kilis and Karkamış. Taking control of Dabiq had eliminated the threat to Turkey from rockets fired by the terrorists, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a written statement. It said that in the last 24 hours of clashes, nine Turkey-backed FSA fighters were killed and 24 were wounded while "many" Daesh terrorists were killed. The FSA fighters, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, said they had taken Dabiq after clashes on Sunday morning, forcing Daesh from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in cooperation with the FSA on Aug. 24 to clear its southern border of Daish terrorists and liberate northern Syrian towns from the terrorist group, while preventing PKK's Syrian wing PYD / YPG to replace Daish in these areas. In less than a day, the FSA, backed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) liberated Jarablus and continued marching from the east and the west.