A400 M type transport aircraft of the Turkish Air Forces during evacuation of Turkish citizen in Kabul international Hamid Karzai airport. AFP
The first Turkish troops evacuated from Afghanistan arrived back in Turkey on Thursday.
TV footage showed a Turkish Airlines flight carrying 345 soldiers land at Ankara's Esenboga Airport, having departed Kabul on Wednesday evening. Some 600 Turkish troops were based in Afghanistan.
``We aim to complete the transfer as soon as possible,'' Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.