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21 January, Tuesday

342 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey’s op in N Syria

Turkey's defense minister says Operation Peace Spring continues 'successfully as planned'

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A total of 342 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the start of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Hulusi Akar's comments came after his meeting with top military officials in Turkey's capital Ankara, where he said "every kind of measures have been taken" in operation areas.

"Our aim is to end the existence of terrorists -- especially Daesh, PKK/PYD-YPG -- east of the Euphrates River and establish a peace corridor to assure our Syrian brothers' return to their own lands, homes," Akar said.

The meeting saw the attendance of Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler, Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar, Naval Forces Commander Adnan Ozbal, and Air Forces Commander Hasan Kucukakyuz.

Akar said Operation Peace Spring continues "successfully as planned."

"We give the utmost importance to not only the security of our country and people, but also to the ethnic groups -- Kurdish, Arabic, Assyrian, Christian, Ezidis and Keldani people -- as well," he said.

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