‘Shield of the Euphrates’ not aimed against Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey’s ‘Shield of the Euphrates’ operation is not aimed at violating the territorial integrity of Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the G20 summit, TRT Haber news channel reported Sept. 5.
President Erdogan added that the troops of the Free Syrian Army were deployed in all the territories liberated from the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) militants.
He also stressed that Turkey has offered the US and Russia to close the airspace in northern Syria over the territories liberated from the IS.
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo.
The operation was dubbed “Shield of the Euphrates.”
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.
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