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Turkey Coordinates Al-Bab Campaign With Russia to Avoid Clashes With Damascus

Sputnik News

15:50 08.02.2017(updated 16:00 08.02.2017)

Turkey coordinates its military campaign in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Bab with Russia to prevent clashes with the government forces, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Wednesday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – On August 24, the Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield against the internationally-condemned jihadist group Daesh. Turkish forces, with assistance from Syrian opposition fighters, occupied the city of Jarablus in northern Syria and are currently conducting an offensive on al-Bab.

"Our units have entered central [al-]Bab. To avoid clashes with the Syrian army, we are in coordination with Russia," Kalin said in comments broadcast by NTV.

The spokesman added that an area between the cities of Azaz and Jarabulus should be cleared from the outlawed Daesh jihadist group in order to establish a safe zone.

Kalin said the Turkish armed forces would next target the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa once the operation in al-Bab is completed.


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