Erdogan, Akar to mull ‘Shield of Euphrates’
Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 29
By Atilla Caner – Trend:
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar will discuss the ‘Shield of Euphrates’ operation, said a message from the Turkish presidential administration Dec. 29.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will also take part in the discussions, according to the message.
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 militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo. The operation was dubbed the ‘Shield of the Euphrates’.
About 30 Turkish servicemen have been killed during the ongoing ‘Shield of the Euphrates’ operation in northern Syria.
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, YPG and PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.