The Turkish military uncovered hundreds of improvised-explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket launchers during a recent “search and sweep”operation in the areas it occupies in northeast Syria.
In an official statement released on November 20, the Turkish Ministry of National Defence said that the weapons were found in a single story building converted to a weapons production facility near the border town of Ras al-Ayn.
“In the ensuing search, 288 tripod-mounted and 395 unmounted rocket launchers were captured, making a total of 683. In the same building, 45 units of IED casings, and 48 claymore type IED casings were found, totaling 93,” the ministry’s statement reads.
The Turkish Ministry of National Defence also released several photos of the seized IEDs and rocket launchers, which appeared to be newly-made.
Ras al-Ayn was a key stronghold of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Kurdish-led group lost the town last month following weeks of heavy clashes with Turkish-backed militants.
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