27 Daesh terrorists killed in counter-terror ops carried out in Syria's al-Bab

Published 20.02.2017 08:33
Updated 20.02.2017 09:58
Turkish artillery pounds terror targets in Syria. (File Photo)
Turkish artillery pounds terror targets in Syria. (File Photo)

Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling have killed 27 Daesh terrorists as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terrorists, the military announced on Monday.

The statement issued by the Turkish military provided up-to-date information on the developments that took place between Feb. 19, 7 a.m. (GMT 4 a.m.) to Feb. 20, 7 a.m. local time.

A total of 122 identified targets were shelled by Turkish forces, while Turkish warplanes hit 18 Daesh targets, destroying 14 buildings used as shelters, two buildings used as command posts, one ammunition store, and one vehicle carrying ammunition .

The release also noted that the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes also hit Daesh targets in al-Bab, killing one terrorist and destroying one vehicle.

The military released the video footages of airstrikes conducted against Daesh targets.

The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Monday marks the 181st 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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