Turkish armed forces over the past day liquidated, injured and took prisoner 51 militants of terrorist grouping “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). On Thursday, February 2, reports the Turkish General staff, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.
Where exactly undergoing surgery, is not specified. However, as the newspaper notes, citing the statement of representatives of the Free Syrian army, the last time the Turkish military focused on oust militants from the town of al-Bab and its surroundings.
It is also reported that the Turkish air force bombed 85 targets IG. “Destroyed 83 buildings, which the militants of the “Islamic state” was used as a shelter, 10 booby-trapped cars, two weapons, two guns”, — stated in the message of staff at the disposal of the Agency TASS.
The fighting on the outskirts of al-Bab began five months ago. Turkish troops and their allies of the free Syrian army still failed to take the city, despite the large losses that, according to Turkish sources, are the Islamists. According to estimates of the Turkish General staff, the death toll of the militants has already exceeded 500 people.
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 last 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.