Al-Bab operation almost complete, journalist claims

Published 16.02.2017 00:00
Updated 16.02.2017 13:17
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The operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from Daesh terrorists has almost been completed and Turkish troops are working to clear mines and explosives, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar reportedly said, Turkish Sabah daily's Ankara Bureau Chief Okan Müderrisoğlu reported.

According to Müderrisoğlu, General Akar told journalists accompanying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his three-day visit to Gulf countries that the al-Bab Operation has been finished and explosive ordnance disposal teams are currently working to clear the region.

Müderrisoğlu quoted Akar as saying that two large bomb-traps have successfully been detonated, and other bombs and mines are being cleared.

The Turkish army has been supporting Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in liberating al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Tuesday marked the 176th 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 total of 2,852 Daesh terrorists, and 357 PKK/PYD terrorists have been killed since the beginning of the operation, while 2,207 positions belonging to the terrorists have been destroyed by Turkish artillery and airstrikes.

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