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France: Turkey can do "much better" in stopping IS - Obama02:44

France: Turkey can do "much better" in stopping IS - Obama

France, Paris
December 1, 2015 at 09:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Barack Obama said that Turkey can do much more to seal off their border with Syria and block off supply routes of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) during a press conference at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Tuesday. "With respect to Turkey, I have had repeated conversations with President Erdogan about the need to close the border between Turkey and Syria," Obama said. The US president continued, noting that "our militaries work together to determine how a combination of air and Turkish ground forces on the Turkish side of the border can do a much better job of sealing the border than it currently is and I think President Erdogan recognises that."

Explaining the significance of the move to seal off Turkey's border with Syria, Obama stated that "this is a central part of our anti-ISIL strategy. We've got to choke them off. We have to choke off how they make money, we've got to choke off their ability to bring in new fighters because we've taken tens of thousands of their fighters of the battlefield but if new ones are still coming in then they continue to maintain a stranglehold over certain population centres inside of Iraq or Syria, so we've got to cut off their source of new fighters."

The section of Turkish border that remains open to Syria is located in the south-east of the country between Jarabulus and Kilis. The stretch has been used by IS militants to deport oil and bring foreign troops into Syria to fight for the group.

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US President Barack Obama said that Turkey can do much more to seal off their border with Syria and block off supply routes of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) during a press conference at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Tuesday. "With respect to Turkey, I have had repeated conversations with President Erdogan about the need to close the border between Turkey and Syria," Obama said. The US president continued, noting that "our militaries work together to determine how a combination of air and Turkish ground forces on the Turkish side of the border can do a much better job of sealing the border than it currently is and I think President Erdogan recognises that."

Explaining the significance of the move to seal off Turkey's border with Syria, Obama stated that "this is a central part of our anti-ISIL strategy. We've got to choke them off. We have to choke off how they make money, we've got to choke off their ability to bring in new fighters because we've taken tens of thousands of their fighters of the battlefield but if new ones are still coming in then they continue to maintain a stranglehold over certain population centres inside of Iraq or Syria, so we've got to cut off their source of new fighters."

The section of Turkish border that remains open to Syria is located in the south-east of the country between Jarabulus and Kilis. The stretch has been used by IS militants to deport oil and bring foreign troops into Syria to fight for the group.

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