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Turkey-backed FSA takes control of 10 towns in northern Syria

Free Syrian Army (FSA) has taken control of Al Athariyah, Sheikh Yakoub, Vukuf, Ayyasa and Al Mutminah and five more regions in northern Syria, the Turkish army said Saturday.

The FSA also took control of Idalat, Talyah Darbiyah, and the Kubba Turkuman Airport in the El Rai region.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) also said in the statement that the Turkish army struck 300 targets 1,306 times on day 11 of Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on Aug. 24.

The military also destroyed two Daesh targets in the Vukuf region, south of El Rai, around 13.00 local time (1000GMT), the statement added.

Turkey has said Operation Euphrates Shield is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by terror organizations, especially Daesh.

The operation is in line with the country's right to self-defense borne out of international treaties and a mandate given to Turkey's armed forces by parliament in 2014, which was extended for another year in September