The Turkish authorities announced the completion of the military operation “shield of the Euphrates” in Northern Syria. Hurriet reported citing a statement of the national security Council (NSC) of the country.
The Council reported that “the operation launched to protect the borders of our country, preventing attacks by the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization. — ) directed against our country… completed successfully”.
The NSS also stressed that the operation “Shield of the Euphrates” “giving the opportunity to our who had fled the country to the Syrian brothers to return home and continue life in peace and security”.
Turkey began the operation “shield of the Euphrates”, which was directed against ISIL militants in August 2016. Turkish tanks crossed the border with Syria, was at the same time artillery strikes and aircraft. According to the Minister of foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, the purpose of the fighting was the security of Turkish borders and the liberation of the territory in Northern Syria from ISIL militants and the Kurdish military units.
During the operation, with the support of the Syrian opposition, the Turkish army took the border town of Jerablus, and then start attack, El-Baba. According to official figures, killed thousands, while 50 were killed by Turkish soldiers.
In mid-January, Turkey and Russia began their first joint operation in Syria. It was held in the suburbs of the village of al-Bab in Aleppo province. The operation itself was agreed upon with the Syrian authorities.
In late February, the head of the General staff Hulusi Akar said that the Turkish army has fulfilled all the tasks assigned to it before the operation “shield of the Euphrates”.
“In the future we will provide support to the normalization of life in the North, local residents were able to return to their homes,” he promised.