06 March, 2018
Speaking after a Cabinet meeting in Ankara, Bekir Bozdag said: "In Operation Olive Branch, so far 112 villages, 30 critical positions, and a total of 142 spots have been taken under control".
He also said 2,795 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of the operation.
Addressing reporters after the cabinet meeting in Ankara, Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that nearly half of the operation zone has been brought under control of Turkish forces.
He further said that Turkish soldiers have been conducting successful land and air operation and are able to eliminate any threat against border security, territorial integrity and security of life and property.
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In order to clear our borders from terrorist elements, the Turkish Armed Forces have launched "Operation Olive Branch" to ensure our border security, neutralise terrorists in Afrin and thus, save the brotherly Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of these terrorists.
The military further assured that the operations are conducted in a manner that it only targets the terrorist and no civilian gets hurt.
Bozdag went on to highlight Turkey's fight against Daesh, noting that between 2011-2018, 4,043 Daesh terrorists had been arrested in Turkey, 1,858 of whom are foreigners.
The phone conversation came as Bashar al-Assad regime forces' attacks continued on civilians in the opposition-hold area near capital Damascus despite decisions to implement a ceasefire made separately by Russian Federation and the UN Security Council.