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9 Daesh terrorists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

9 Daesh terrorists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

At least 198 Daesh targets also destroyed as part of Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkish military says

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A total of nine Daesh terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military said Sunday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorist in question was either killed or captured.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by Turkish General Staff, a total of 186 Daesh targets including shelters, defense positions, command control centers, weapons and vehicles were hit with howitzers, tanks multiple-launch rocket launchers.

Separately, Turkish jets destroyed 12 other Daesh targets including a control point in air raids on al-Bab and Bzagah regions, the statement added.

The Turkish army is supporting Free Syrian Army fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Sunday marks the 145th 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 FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.

In total, 43 landmines and 2,927 makeshift explosives have been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.

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