Russian, Turkish top military officials to mull Syrian issue
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, arrived in Turkey, TRT Haber news channel reported Sept. 15.
According to the report, as part of the visit to Ankara, Gerasimov plans to meet with Hulusi Akar, chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Gerasimov and Akar will discuss the aspects of the settlement of the Syrian crisis.
On Aug. 24, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus in northern Syria from the “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh). The operation was dubbed the 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”, the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.
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