Turkish army reports on killing 15 IS militants in northern Syria

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DUSHANBE-- At least 15 Islamic State (IS, banned in Tajikistan) terrorists were killed in northern Syria in the last 24 hours, the Turkish General Staff said on Thursday.

The army shelled 258 targets including shelters, possible defense positions and tunnel entrances used by IS terrorists, it said in a statement.

Turkish warplanes also destroyed 20 buildings, including 15 hideouts, two headquarters, two arms depots, and an armed vehicle, the statement said.

The military action is part of the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield Operation, which began in late August 2016 with the aim to clear the Turkish border of terrorist organizations.

According to Xinhua, FSA forces, backed by Turkish artillery and air strikes, have been trying to capture al-Bab from IS since December last year.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan