A total of 26 Daesh terrorists, including planners for the group, were “neutralized” in the northern Syrian city of Al-Bab and Daglabash during the ongoing Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, according to the Turkish military. Also, 40 Daesh suspects were also taken into custody in Turkey
The Turkish Armed Forces said on Friday that 17 Daesh targets, including 13 defensive positions and weapon pits, an armed vehicle, and three garages used to prepare bomb vehicles, were destroyed as part of air operations.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorist in question was either killed or captured.
Also, Free Syrian Army soldiers hit 222 Daesh targets during the operations, and defensive positions, shelters, command and control centers, weapons, and cars were annihilated.
On Thursday one Turkish Armed Forces soldier was martyred and five were wounded in a Daesh attack in the village of Al-Azraq, in the Aleppo province.
Russia federation warplanes conducted three air operations on Daesh targets in southern Al-Bab on Thursday.
The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Friday marks the 129th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.
The operation is part of the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border using Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.
Since the launch of Operation Euphrates Shield, 1,294 Daesh and 306 PKK/PYD terrorists have been “neutralized.”
Turkish explosive ordnance disposal teams have neutralized 2,423 handmade explosives and 42 mines in areas cleared of Daesh since the beginning of Operation Euphrates Shield.
40 Daesh suspects taken into custody in Turkey
According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Adana police conducted an operation backed with helicopters on predetermined addresses in the province.
The source said that a total of 40 Daesh suspects were taken into custody following the operation.
The source added that the suspects were accused of being members and spreading propaganda for the terrorist organization.
Separately, three people who make hand-made explosives were also captured by the Adana police, the same source said.
According to the source, the operation found six hand-made explosives in the suspects’ house.