Following the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army's (FSA) operation to liberate northern Syrian towns of Daesh, a mass grave has been found about 20 kilometers North of Aleppo in the city of Sawran, which was liberated from the terrorist this week.
The mass grave was discovered after a detained Daesh member told FSA investigators about its exact position.
A total of 15 dead bodies were unearthed in the mass grave, as FSA is researching the probability of more similar graves in the newly liberated areas near Azaz and Marea cities.
Turkey insistent on PKK/PYD withdrawal in Syria
Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday Turkey was waiting for the PKK/PYD to withdraw east of the Euphrates River.According to sources inside the Turkish defense ministry, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Isik said: “We are waiting for the PKK/PYD/YPG in Manbij to withdraw east of Euphrates [River] as promised."“We understand that the U.S. wants to direct the positive momentum of the [Euphrates Shield] operation to Raqqa," Isik added.The Syrian city of Raqqa has been dubbed the so-called “capital" of the Daesh terror group. However, Isik also said “promises of terror organizations cannot be trusted". “What the PKK/PYD/YPG would do tomorrow, [we] cannot foresee," he added. The PKK and its Syrian offshoot the PYD are both listed as terrorist groups by Turkey although the U.S. and EU only view the PKK as a terrorist organization. Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in August to rid the north Syrian border area of terrorists. The campaign has seen both Daesh and the PKK/PYD targeted by the Free Syrian Army and Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft. Carter: Turkey should be involved in Mosul operation
Turkish operations are discussed with coalition partners: PM
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Friday that Turkey-led counter terror operations in northern Syria and the ongoing operation in Mosul had been talked about with US-led international coalition. Speaking to media after his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's annual camp meeting, PM Yıldırm said that Turkey is continuing its operation in northern Syria, which is dubbed Euphrates Shield, until the territory west of Euphrates is completely cleared of terrorists. While answering a question over the presence of PYD / YPG terrorists in Manbij and Tel Rifat in northern Aleppo near the Turkish border, Yıldırım said that the U.S. had promised Ankara that the terror group would withdraw from these cities. But they are still holding the positions, Yıldırım said, calling on Washington to fulfill its agreement. He vowed that all terrorists, including Daesh and PYD/YPG/PKK will be targeted by Turkish military. Free Syrian commander says recruitment has tripled Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on Aug. 24 by the FSA backed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by terror organizations, Daesh, and the PKK terror organization's Syrian wings of the PYD and YPG.The Turkish Premier reiterated that the operation would continue until all elements of terrorist organizations are destroyed and Turkish borders are secured. US Defense Secretary meets Turkish President in Ankara
Free Syrian commander says recruitment has tripled
A commander of a Turkey-backed Syrian opposition force said Friday the number of fighters in his group tripled to 3,000 after the capture of a key city from Daesh. Commander of the Sultan Murad Brigade within the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Muhammed Sihli, told Anadolu Agency young Syrians living abroad had returned to join the FSA after the liberation of Jarabulus. The northern Syrian city was retaken from Daesh with the help of Turkish military support. Sihli said the new recruits had “brought positive energy to us" and added how Turkish soldiers and logistics played crucial roles in the operation. “We have glowed by dint of Turkey's support," he said. He also called on those who fled from Daesh to return to Syria. “We are the owners of these places," he added. Turkey-backed opposition forces have cleared over 1,260 square kilometers (486 square miles) of Daesh terrorists in northern Syria, including 155 residential areas as part of Operation Euphrates Shield. The operation, which began on Aug. 24 backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces and eliminating the threat posed by terrorist organizations in Syria, especially Daesh.
40 Daesh, 6 PKK/PYD targets destroyed in Syria
Turkish Armed Forces has stated that 40 Daesh and six Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist targets have been hit on the 59th day of the Euphrates Shield operation that was initiated to sweep the terrorist elements from northern Syria, as a support to Free Syrian Army (FSA). As many as three FSA soldiers were martyred and 11 other were wounded on the same day, the Turkish military stated. The casualties from FSA was caused by the bomb attack launched by Daesh terrorists in Azaz and Turkmen Bari neighborhoods, the statement added. Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,265 square kilometers were cleaned from the terrorist elements. Also, 31 mines and more than 1,325 explosives were destroyed by the forces. Meanwhile, the coalition forces have destroyed a terrorist vehicle in an airstrike. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and air forces of the U.S.- led anti-Daesh coalition initiated the operation named the "Euphrates Shield" against the terror group on August 24, as a part of Turkey's legitimate self-defense. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency and Turkish Red Crescent are providing three meals per day and medical services.