Euphrates Shield: 8,000 Turkish soldiers on hunt for ISIS in Syria

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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.

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Using jets and artillery, Turkish officials claimed to have killed scores of ISIS members following the shooting dead of 39 people in an attack on New Year revellers claimed by the terrorist group.

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.

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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.