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Turkey's Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation
February 13, 2017 / 10:30 AM / 7 months ago

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

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a symposium on presidential system in Istanbul, Turkey, February 11, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

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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