OREANDA-NEWS. Turkish Armed Forces "killed 342 terrorists" during Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria. This was announced on Friday by the Minister of National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar.

"Our military is successfully continuing the operation" Source of Peace "in accordance with our plans. At present, 342 militants have been neutralized", the Turkish news channel quoted him as saying. Earlier, Ankara reported the elimination of "277 terrorists" during an operation in northern Syria. In addition, the Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of the first Turkish soldier from the outbreak of hostilities.

On October 9, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of a new cross-border operation in Syria called the Source of Peace. Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to the Turkish operation, announcing the withdrawal of the US military from northeast Syria after a call to Erdogan. Subsequently, Trump backtracked, saying that the United States did not approve of the Turkish operation in Syria.