Turkish forces have destroyed a total of 57 Daesh terrorist group targets alongside one Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) position in the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, Turkey’s General Staff said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

Turkish tanks

 

“Our armed forces destroyed 57 IS targets and one target of PYD-Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK]. The Free Syrian Army [of Syrian opposition, FSA] liberated 3 settlements in the area near the cities of Al-Rai and Mari… During the operations, seven opposition fighters were injured, no injuries among Turkish troops have been reported. 11 Daesh fighters have been killed and two car bombs were destroyed,” the statement read.

 

The total area under FSA control in northern Syria now amounts to 1,440 square kilometers (556 square miles), the General Staff added, noting that a total of 179 inhabited locations have so far been liberated.

 

The Turkish military launched an operation to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Daesh, outlawed in Russia and multiple other countries, on August 24 prompting accusations of invasion from Damascus and Syrian Kurds.

 

Ankara considers PYD, and its military wing YPG (People’s Protection Units) operating in Syria, an affiliate of PKK, which is outlawed in Turkey.