Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Free Syrian Army with the help of Turkish military is about to complete liberation of Syria's Al-Bab city from so-called Islamic State (IS) group militants.
"Al-Bab is almost free, our armed forces together with the FSA will take the region soon," the Turkish President said at the opening ceremony of Turkey's first ever floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in Izmir province.
"We will fight terrorism not only at home, but abroad also." He went on to say Turkey was maintaining diplomatic ties with Russia, the US, Iran and Iraq as well as the Gulf countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia. "We are coordinating with coalition forces," he added.
Earlier today, the General Staff said in a statement that 40 IS terrorists were killed during the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield in Al-Bab in Syria since Thursday night.
It pointed out that 18 IS terrorists were killed in Al-Bab. The group's military headquarters was also destroyed.
In an earlier statement, the Turkish military said 22 IS terrorists were also killed in Al-Bab. According to the military, 51 IS targets were hit and 37 buildings, including those used for accommodation, weapon emplacement and defense purposes, three armories and one logistics center were destroyed in the city alone.
Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey's border using Free Syrian Army fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.