Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey is ready to let in the refugees from Syria, head of Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Fuad Oktay said on Sept.22.
He said over 100,000 refugees from Syria have fled to Turkey in several days under the threat of a terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS), Anadolu agency reported.
On Sept.19 Turkey opened its borders to Syrian refugees, fleeing from the 'Islamic State'.
Earlier it was reported that more than 20 settlements on the Syrian-Turkish border came under the control of the militants from the 'Islamic State'.
The terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State was created in 2003 in Iraq. In 2004-2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamic groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of the military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the terrorist organization penetrated to Syria in 2013.
After this, the organization announced that it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared a jihad (a holy war) against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening the position of the IS in Syria led to the fact that it was able to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces.
In late June, the IS announced about the creation of the "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi authorities appealed to international community for help in combating the IS.