TURKEY AIMS TO FULLY SECURE BORDERS EARLY NEXT YEAR WITH SYRIA CAMPAIGN

Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik answers a question during an interview with Reuters in AnkaraTurkey aims to have fully secured its borders in the first half of next year, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday, as Turkish-backed forces pursue a campaign to clear Islamic State and Kurdish fighters from a strip of northern Syria.


“It is expected that the full security of our borders will be established in the first half of 2017,” Isik said in a presentation to parliament.
He said the next stage of Turkey’s Syria offensive, dubbed “Euphrates Shield”, was to push further south and “cleanse” areas including the city of al-Bab from Islamic State.

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