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Turkey: 'Serious' military operation beginning in Idlib province - Erdogan02:48

Turkey: 'Serious' military operation beginning in Idlib province - Erdogan

Turkey, Ankara
October 7, 2017 at 13:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey is launching "serious" military operation as part of "Shield of Euphrates" in Syria's Idlib province, during a speech to Justice and Development Party (AKP) members in Ankara on Saturday.

The operation reportedly aims to aid in the battle to rid Idlib and northwestern Syria of jihadi fighters and is part of a wider deal agreed between Turkey, Iran and Russia on May 4.

The Turkish leader added, "We will absolutely not allow the creation of a terror corridor along our borders with Syria," he said. "Our brothers, citizens will be under threat if we give those terrorists the opportunity to live along this 911 km long border line."

Much of the northern Idlib province is currently under the control of a jihadi militant alliance known as Tahrir al-Sham, a rebrand of al-Nusra Front, the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Turkey: 'Serious' military operation beginning in Idlib province - Erdogan02:48
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey is launching "serious" military operation as part of "Shield of Euphrates" in Syria's Idlib province, during a speech to Justice and Development Party (AKP) members in Ankara on Saturday.

The operation reportedly aims to aid in the battle to rid Idlib and northwestern Syria of jihadi fighters and is part of a wider deal agreed between Turkey, Iran and Russia on May 4.

The Turkish leader added, "We will absolutely not allow the creation of a terror corridor along our borders with Syria," he said. "Our brothers, citizens will be under threat if we give those terrorists the opportunity to live along this 911 km long border line."

Much of the northern Idlib province is currently under the control of a jihadi militant alliance known as Tahrir al-Sham, a rebrand of al-Nusra Front, the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

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