Battle for Syria’s al-Bab intensifies as 14 Turkish soldiers killed

Published December 22nd, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Turkish backed Syrian rebel fighters in their offensive against the positions of Daesh in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
Turkish backed Syrian rebel fighters in their offensive against the positions of Daesh in northern Syria. (AFP/File)

Turkish Army has said that 138 Daesh fighters were killed and many others were wounded in Syria's Al-Bab region within the Operation Euphrates Shield Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Turkish General Staff, a total of 14 Turkish soldiers were killed and 33 others were wounded in three different suicide attacks and in the clashes during the day in Al-Bab.

The statement said that 67 Daesh targets in the region were destroyed by Turkish army which supported the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to liberate Al-Bab from Daesh, a strategic city for the terrorist group.

The statement said the operation to take control of  Al-Bab was continuing according to plan. 

Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.

Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Isik will brief the Turkish Parliament on the ongoing operation on Thursday.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Al-Bab was completely besieged by the Turkish army and the FSA.


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