Turkish troops push IS back, liberate more Syria lands
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkish armed forces have liberated more than 5,000 square kilometers of Syrian territories from the militants of the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group, the TRT Haber news channel quoted Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying Sept.19.
Erdogan noted that currently, Turkish troops stationed in Syria are moving to the south as part of the ‘Shield of the Euphrates” operation.
The ongoing terror in Syria is a problem not only for Damascus, but for the whole world, he added.
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS in northern Syria, near Aleppo. The operation was dubbed the ‘Shield of the Euphrates.’
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The IS, the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.
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