Euphrates Shield: 8,000 Turkish soldiers on hunt for ISIS in Syria
As many as 8,000 Turkish soldiers were deployed for the ongoing Euphrates Shield operation that is being conducted against ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’ (ISIS), or Daesh, in al-Bab district of Syria, after 14 Turkish soldiers were martyred on Akil Mountain.
The fresh ground assault is being led by members of the Free Syria Army, which has carved out a swath of influence for Ankara in northern Syria as its troops have pushed towards al-Bab. Also, three military bases were built before the attack was initiated.
Earlier this week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that a Turkish-backed offensive by Syrian rebels to take al-Bab from ISIS should be finished soon.