In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the villages were cleared as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which began two weeks ago as the FSA, backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, took the city of Jarabulus from Daesh.

The villages are located around 12 kilometers (7 miles) to the southeast of the town of Al-Rai, known as Cobanbey in Turkish.

Euphrates Shield has driven Daesh from Turkey’s border with Syria as Turkish armor, artillery, special forces and jets support FSA fighters.

Anadolu Agency