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845 Square Kilometers Liberated From ISIS Militants in Syria: Turkish Army
845 Square Kilometers Liberated From ISIS Militants in Syria: Turkish Army
The Turkish army and Ankara-backed groups liberated 845 square kilometers (500 square miles) of the Syrian territory from ISIS terrorists within the Euphrates Shield operation, the Turkish General Staff said.
On August 24, 2016, the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels launched a military campaign in northern Syria under the banner of “Euphrates Shield”, ARA News reported.

Turkey and its allies first captured the city of Jarablus from ISIS without a fight, according to local sources.

“The progress comes within the framework of our anti-terrorism campaign to secure Turkey’s southern border,” Turkish General Staff said, adding that the Turkish army and Turkey-backed militants have destroyed 516 ISIL positions within 20 days.

Then the Turkish army and its allies headed to other areas of Aleppo’s Northern countryside and took over the town of al-Rae and a number of nearby villages.

Backed by the US coalition, Turkey has also forced the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to withdraw to the Eastern bank of the Euphrates river, after the SDF expelled ISIL militants from their stronghold border town of Manbij.

In the meantime, the Kurdish military leadership in Northern Syria accused Turkey of bombing SDF positions instead of fighting ISIS, FNA reported.