Turkish warplanes and artillery have struck Daesh targets in Syria, killing 22 of the group's terrorists, while Russian aircraft hit terrorists near the Daesh-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey's military said on Monday.
In a round-up of its military operations over the past 24 hours in support of opponents in northern Syria, the army said the Russian aircraft destroyed Daesh targets in the area of Dayr Kak, 8 km (5 miles) southwest of al-Bab.
The Turkish military operation, dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', was launched more than four months ago to drive Daesh terrorists away from the border region and in recent weeks the forces have been besieging the town of al-Bab.
Striking details of anti-Daesh operation revealed
As the only force fighting against Daesh with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in northern Syria, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) showed great heroism in Syria's al-Bab as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield. When the Daesh terrorist organization attacked and hit two Turkish tanks with TOW rockets several times in the bloody ambush of Dec. 29, Turkish soldiers did not leave the vehicles until the last moment and hit Daesh terrorists effectively, even though the TAF's tanks took fire during the incident. Among soldiers, Specialist Sergeant Ayhan Güzel succumbed to his wounds and fell martyr at the hospital.23 Daesh terrorists neutralized in Syrian operation They came to massacre Daesh terrorists launched a massive attack with all their might on the TAF-held district in al-Bab around 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 29. In the ambush which was described by military circles as “the biggest Daesh attack ever seen," assailants aimed to massacre Turkish soldiers. Being caught abruptly, the Special Duty Forces did not have time to deploy against them, while the battalion commander said, “We were even not able to count the number of bomb-laden armored vehicles and suicide bombers." Video: Turkish tanks hit Daesh targets in al-Bab 'If we give up, nobody will survive' At that very moment, two M60 tanks came to forefront, starting rapid fire against Daesh targets. The first one was shot with the anti-tanks missile, TOW, but did not stop firing and covered all targets with fire one by one. Injured terrorists hit the tank a second time and wounded soldiers in it. The battalion commander ordered to retreat, but they declined to leave the tank by saying, “If we give up, nobody will survive." Caught on fire, the malfunctioned armored vehicle maintained hitting terrorist targets with manual firing weapons. Shortly after, the third TOW hit the tank and the tank's barrel stopped firing. The crew had no a choice but to leave. They were all wounded.Daesh chief killed in Turkish airstrike over Al-Bab 'You should have seen the scene' After the first tank was out of use, the second one stepped in and took over the fight without giving terrorists any respite. Being hit twice, the sergeant responsible for the tank also refused to leave and continued firing even though he was wounded. Eventually, Daesh's bloody ambush was completely repelled without any martyrs thanks to extraordinary efforts of those two armored vehicles. The battalion commander said, “You should have seen the scene. Tens of bomb-laden vehicles, armored vehicles and suicide attackers were completely destroyed thanks to a couple of soldiers. No terrorist was standing, over a hundred of them were lying on the ground in front of us."Turkish military steadily advances in Al-Bab 1,600 Daesh, PKK terrorists neutralised in Syria: Turkish military One soldier fell martyr Military circles said that two young tank officers demonstrated great heroism there. Five soldiers were wounded and they were in shock. But regrettably, one of those heroes lost the struggle of life. He fell a martyr at the hospital.The Euphrates Shield operation was launched between the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army, with the aim to sweep Daesh from Syria, and has been running for 130 days.The Euphrates Shield operation has neutralized more than 1,600 terrorists since its launch on August 24. Also, a 2,000-square-kilometer area has been cleared of terrorists so far.NATO allies must stand by partner Turkey in Syria, not terrorist groups: Erdoğan Turkey utilizes counter-PKK strategy against Daesh in al-Bab Al-Bab is a matter of national security for Turkey: Deputy PM
Daesh chief killed in Turkish airstrike over Al-Bab
The Turkish military has said that in an airstrike conducted over Al-Bab, Daesh chief Abu Ansari was killed as part of the Euphrates Shield operation. In a statement released on Friday, the Turkish military said another Daesh chief, Abu Husen el-Tunusi, was also killed in an airstrike. The Turkish Armed Forces said on Saturday that Turkish jets destroyed 12 Daesh targets in al-Bab, Kabr al-Mukri, Bzagah, Tadif and abu-Jabbar along with 12 Daesh terrorists. The operation focused on capturing the al-Bab district of Syria, with intensified land and air attack, the statement said. Social media reports verified The success of the Turkish military during attacks in Al-Bab on December 29 against Daesh that was shared via social media has been verified. Daesh terrorists launched an attack on Turkish soldiers with heavy artillery and vehicles loaded with bombs, but the attack was unsuccessful as the Turkish military and FSA struck back. Initial reports have not been released yet; however, it is expected to have resulted in the greatest number of neutralized Daesh terrorists in one day to date.Daesh and PKK launch simultaneous attack on Turkish military and FSA 23 Daesh terrorists neutralized in Syrian operation
Russian air strikes target Daesh around Syria's al-Bab: Turkish military
Russian aircraft have carried out three air strikes on Daesh around the Syrian town of al-Bab over the past 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Friday, in what appeared to be the first Russian support for Turkish army operations in the area.The strikes came as a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, got off to a shaky start at midnight. Daesh is not included in that agreement.NATO member Turkey launched an incursion into Syria, dubbed "Euphrates Shield", more than four months ago to drive Daesh militants away from the border region. Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces have besieged al-Bab for several weeks.Russia bombs Daesh terrorists in Al-Bab for the first time In a daily round-up of its military operations in the region, the Turkish military said it had received information that 12 Daesh fighters had been killed in the Russian air strikes around al-Bab. It said the targets had been in the town and directly to its south.Separately, the army said one Turkish soldier was killed and five wounded in an Daesh attack to the south of al Azraq, west of al-Bab.It said Turkish warplanes also carried out air strikes in the areas of al-Bab and Daglabash, destroying 17 Daesh targets and killing 26 terrorists.Turkey on Monday called on members of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh to provide air support for the operation around al-Bab, support which as yet has not been forthcoming.Turkey's Syrian operations are also designed to prevent the PYD terrorists, which it regards a terrorist group, from joining up cantons it controls along the Turkish border, fearing that would embolden PKK separatism at home.Al-Bab is a matter of national security for Turkey: Deputy PM Nationwide cease-fire in Syria underway