739 arrested, 4,765 detained in Turkey’s 2017 fight against ISIL
MALATYA – Anadolu Agency
Headed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, the operation aimed to improve security, support coalition forces and eliminate the terror threat along the Turkish border.
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters took Al-Bab, which lies 40 kilometers northeast of Aleppo, from ISIL in February last year during Operation Euphrates Shield.
In the wide-ranging operation launched in August 2016, the FSA, together with the support of the Turkish army, has cleared 2,000 square kilometers of land along the Turkish-Syrian border.