ANKARA (Sputnik) — The US-led coalition aircraft that provide support to Ankara's Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria killed more than 20 Daesh militants, the Turkish General Staff said Thursday.
"The coalition's air forces killed 24 Daesh militants and a building under their control in nine aerial operations. Our armed forces hit 74 Daesh targets with fire from Firtina howitzers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and mortars. Six soldiers of the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) were injured during the fighting. There are no casualties among the Turkish military," Turkey’s General Staff said in a statement, obtained by RIA Novosti.
The Euphrates Shield operation was launched by Turkey on August 24. Its goal is to eliminate the threat posed by Daesh terrorists, outlawed in Russia and many other countries worldwide, in the Syrian border town of Jarablus and the surrounding area.
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the operation aims to clean from the terrorist a territory of 5,000 square kilometers and to establish a security zone for refugees.