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    Turkish airstrikes and shelling targeting over 150 Daesh positions and strongholds in Syria’s al-Bab have killed a total of 23 IS militants, local media reported Friday, citing a Turkish military statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, the Turkish army destroyed 154 Daesh targets, including shelters, defense positions, command centers, weapons, and vehicles, in the town of al-Bab.

    Additional airstrikes conducted by the Turkish forces also hit 11 Daesh targets, including seven buildings, three headquarters, and one arsenal, the newspaper added.

    The Turkish military operation in Syria's al-Bab has entered the final stage. Turkey's units entered central Al-Bab, the operation is being conducted in coordination with Russia to prevent clashes with Syrian government forces.

    Turkey is currently conducting an operation in Syria dubbed Euphrates Shield. On August 24, Turkish forces, supported by Free Syrian Army rebels and US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed the Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area from Daesh terrorist group. As Jarabulus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the operation to gain control over al-Bab in the Aleppo province.

    Moreover, Russian and Turkish military jets have repeatedly jointly bombed Daesh targets near al-Bab in Syria. Al-Bab is one of Daesh’s last remaining strongholds near the Turkish border. Capturing the city is of strategic importance to Turkey in order to prevent the Syrian Kurds taking it and unifying their own territories.


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