ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish military forces conducted attacks on eight targets of the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh, banned in Russia) terrorist group and 51 units of the Kurdish self-defense forces in the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, Turkey's General Staff said Sunday.
"Our Armed Forces hit eight IS positions and 51 positions of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Syrian opposition continues conducting operation on driving PYD militants out of the three settlements to the south of the city of Marea. The fighting resulted in deaths of four and injuries of 20 opposition fighters. Three PYD militants were eliminated," the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
According to the General Staff, Turkish airstrikes resulted in elimination of 11 Daesh militants and destruction of four Daesh-controlled buildings.
On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield aimed at freeing the territory of 1,931 square miles from terrorists and creating security zones for accommodation of refugees.
Ankara considers PYD, and its military wing YPG (People's Protection Units) operating in Syria an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey.
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