Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
During the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Sept.8-9 to Turkey, Ankara and NATO may discuss the closure of the airspace in northern Syria over the territories liberated from the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) militants, a source in the Turkish Armed Forces told Trend Sept. 6.
Turkey earlier appealed to NATO with such a request, according to the source.
The source added that Ankara and NATO will also discuss the details of the Shield of the Euphrates military operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces in northern Syria.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the country 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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