Turkish military in Syria
The Turkish military on Sunday, January 8, killed 48 militants “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). About it reports Reuters with reference to the official statement of the press service of the Turkish Armed forces.
As follows from the text of the document, the Islamists were eliminated as a result of joint action of the army and air force. The planes also destroyed 23 fortified positions of the militants, the statement said.
Dec 28, Turkey reported the destruction of al-Bab 44 militants, terrorists another 117 were injured. Two days earlier 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 free Syrian army (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 offensive 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 of security zones.