Units of the Turkish army, leading battles near the Syrian town of al-Bab and destroyed 44 militant terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). About it reports Reuters with reference to sources in the Turkish military command.
Another 117 terrorists were injured.
As specified, artillery blows were inflicted on 157 the objects of IG.
December 26, the press Secretary of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin said that during the recent fighting at El-Bab, the Turkish military and allied forces of the Syrian free army (FSA) destroyed 226 of the Islamists.
Heavy fighting in al-Bab, continue for several weeks. Turkish troops and their allies of the FSA are trying to encircle the town. To date both sides have reported large losses of the enemy: the Turkish military announced killed hundreds of Islamists and ISIS said that the militants managed to knock out 10 Turkish tanks “Leopard”. 22 Dec Ankara acknowledged the death of 14 of its servicemen.
The attack on al-Bab is part of “operation Shield of the Euphrates,” which units of the Turkish army and part of the SAA conducted from August 24 this year. The main declared goal of the mission is the liberation of the border areas from the extremists of the Islamic state and fighters of the Kurdish militia and the establishment in those areas of the security zones.