Syrian crisis may last long - Turkish PM

Syrian crisis may last long - Turkish PM

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The crisis in Syria can last long even if the "Islamic State" militants in that country are completely eliminated, the Anadolu agency quoted Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying on March 6.

He said it is possible that after the destruction of the militants of the "Islamic State" in the region, other radical terrorist groups will appear.

The prime minister added that a certain part of the "Islamic State" militants was formed in the Iraqi military prison Abu Ghraib, operated by the US military.

The "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) penetrated Syria's territory in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared "a holy war" against all groups and government forces of Syria.

Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.

In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.

After the start of the Western coalition forces' operation in Iraq in 2003, the Iraqi nationals accused of committing crimes against the coalition forces, were held in the Abu Ghraib prison in the Iraqi town of Abu Ghraib, some 32 kilometers west of Baghdad.

On March 9, 2006, the coalition forces command decided to shut down the prison.

In August 2006, all the prisoners were transferred from Abu Ghraib to other prisons in Iraq, and on Sept. 2 the prison came under the control of the Iraqi government.

In late April 2004, CBS aired a story about the torture and abuse against the Abu Ghraib prisoners committed by the US soldiers. This became a scandal around the US military presence in Iraq.

Edited by SI

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