22 Nov 2022 01:41 GMT
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar informed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the progress of the offensive.
Turkish air and artillery strikes have “neutralized” 184 “terrorists” in northern Iraq and Syria, according to reported This Monday the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Akar visited the Operations Center of the Land Forces Command, accompanied by senior military officials, to find out about the progress of the operation launched on Sunday.
During the newscast, Akar specified that 89 targetsincluding shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels and warehouses belonging to terrorists, were destroyed in the first phase of the operation.
Ankara launched airstrikes and artillery on Sunday against Kurdish militias with the aim of “prevent terrorist attacks” against the Turkish people and the security forces, as well as “ensure the border security and destroy terrorism at its source”.
The operation follows a deadly explosion in istanbulbehind which, according to the Turkish government, are the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), considered by Turkey as terrorist organizations. The explosion occurred on the afternoon of November 13 and caused six dead and 81 wounded.
For its part, Ankara maintains that all its military actions were carried out in accordance with the right to “legitimate defense” under the article 51 of the UN Charter.
Turkish troops have not yet crossed the Syrian or Iraqi border, although President Erdogan said journalists that the operation would not be limited to air strikes.
Meanwhile, the Information Center of Rojava, a region in northern Syria, reported of 11 dead and wounded nine civilians, along with three Kurdish fighters and “heavy casualties” among the government Syrian Arab Army, whose border post was allegedly attacked.