Turkey destroys 2 Assad tanks neutralizes 51 Assad militiamen

Orient Net 2020-02-12 08:05:00

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Turkey has “neutralized” a total of 51 Assad regime militiamen in Idlib de-escalation zone, northwestern Syria, the country’s National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday (February 12).

The ministry said in a statement that 51 regime personnel were “neutralized”, two tanks, an anti-aircraft gun and an ammunition depot were destroyed.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Earlier Monday at least five Turkish troops were killed and five injured in an attack by Assad regime militias in Idlib, northwestern Syria.

This followed last week’s attack by regime militiamen in Idlib which killed seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian contractor working with the Turkish military and injured more than a dozen people.

In retaliation, Turkey last week struck over 50 targets and killed 76 Syrian soldiers.

Idlib has been a stronghold of the Syrian opposition since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

But more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by Assad regime and Russia since then, flouting both the 2018 cease-fire and a new one that started on Jan. 12.

Based on AA