Some 350 Turkish Troops Deployed in Euphrates Shield Operation in Syria
15:22 25.08.2016(updated 15:23 25.08.2016)
About 350 Turkish service personnel are taking part in the military operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, media reported on Thursday.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – According to CNN Turk broadcaster, about 200 service personnel from armored forces and 150 special forces troops are involved in the operation. At least 13 Turkish F-16 fighters, two rescue aircraft, one tanker aircraft and a plane equipped with airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) are providing air support to the Turkish military.
On Wednesday, Ankara launched the Euphrates Shield military operation with aerial support from the US-led coalition to liberate the town of Jarabulus in northern Syria from Daesh terrorist group.
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the operation in Jarabulus is aimed at neutralizing the threats posed by both Daesh and Kurdish militants in Syria, which Ankara considers to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is classified as a terrorists organization in Turkey.
Earlier in the day, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said that the troops would continue their military operation in northern Syria until the Free Syrian Army regained control of the town. The Syrian Kurds and Damascus accused Ankara of violating the territorial integrity of the Arab republic.
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