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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Erdogan says Turkish troops inside Syria's Al-Bab

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies have entered the centre of the so-called Islamic State-held bastion Al-Bab, saying its capture was just a "matter of time".


"Al-Bab is now besieged from all fronts ... Our forces entered the centre" with Syrian "rebels", Mr Erdogan told journalists in Istanbul before leaving for a tour of Gulf countries.

Mr Erdogan said it was "only a matter of time" before the allied forces took full control of the flashpoint town.

"Daesh forces have begun leaving Al-Bab completely," he said, using Arabic acronym for IS group.

Turkish forces and allied rebels yesterday entered Al-Bab to drive IS jihadists from the flashpoint northern town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Turkish army launched an ambitious campaign inside Syria on 24 August codenamed Euphrates Shield to "clean its border from IS jihadists" and stop the advance of Kurdish militia.
 [rte.ie]
12/2/17

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