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Turkey's Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation
February 13, 2017 / 10:49 AM / 7 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters walk with their weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants in northern Raqqa province, Syria February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey aimed to create a safe zone in Syria, extending its military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqqa after driving Islamic State from al-Bab, if it acts together with the U.S.-led coalition.

In a speech in Bahrain, broadcast live on Turkish television, Erdogan said the planned safe zone would cover an area of at least 4,000-5,000 square kilometres (3,475 square miles) and would require a no-fly zone.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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