Turkish military kills over 550 terrorists in Syria in 8 days

Ankara: Turkish military has said that it has killed over 550 terrorists in the past eight days in the northwestern Afrin region of Syria, Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

The country’s military has killed a total of 557 Kurdish militants and IS terrorists since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch on January 20, according to the news agency, which sourced the figure from a statement issued by Turkish General Staff yesterday.

Thirteen Turkish jets were deployed in the operation yesterday and they destroyed 20 targets in the region.

Operation Olive Branch is “successfully continuing as planned”, the agency reported quoting the statement.

The operation was launched to establish security and stability along Turkish borders, the region and to protect the Syrian people from the terrorists and Afrin was chosen as the target, as it has been a major hideout for the Kurdish militants since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria allegedly abandoned the city to the mercy of militants. (ANI)