The statement issued by the Turkish military provided up-to-date information on the developments that took place between Feb. 12, 7 a.m. (GMT 4 a.m.) to Feb. 13, 7 a.m. local time.
A total of 143 identified targets were shelled by Turkish forces, while Turkish warplanes hit 51 Daesh targets destroying 51 buildings used as shelters.
The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Monday marks the 174th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.
Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield On Aug. 24, 2016 declaring that is was exercising its rights of self-defense codified under the U.N. Charter Article 51.
A National Security Council press release (Nov. 30, 2016) stated that the operation's objectives were to maintain border security and confront Daesh terrorism within the framework of the U.N. Charter. It also emphasized not allowing the PKK terrorist organization along with its affiliates, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Protection Units (YPG), to establish a corridor of terror on Turkey's doorstep.
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