22 IS terrorists neutralized in northern Syria

 12 Jan 2017 - 11:41

22 IS terrorists neutralized in northern Syria
Photo: AA.


ANKARA: A total of 22 Islamic State terrorists were neutralized in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military said Wednesday. 

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorist in question was either killed or captured. 

Turkish jets hit 40 IS targets in Syria’s Al-Bab region, said a Turkish General Staff statement 

A total of 160 IS targets including shelters, defense points, command and control facilities, and vehicles used by IS terrorists were destroyed with heavy support from land and air. 

Turkish jets destroyed 29 shelters, three headquarters, one weapons depot, three armed vehicles, and four vehicles, including two cars armed as bombs. Three handmade explosives were also neutralized. 

Since the beginning of the operation 2,845 handmade explosives and 43 mines have been neutralized under controlled conditions. 

Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to tighten border security, eliminate the terror threat along Turkish borders, and support opposition forces in Syria. Under the operation, the Free Syrian Army is backed by Turkish artillery and jets.