Asked if Turkey might set up a secure zone for refugees in Syria on its own, Erdogan said: "That (should be done) with those in the region. By speaking to each one of them. Because we need to have a legitimacy within the international community.
"This is not only about Turkey but about 1.5 million people returning to their own land. To help settle these people are among the issues that are being discussed," he told the paper.
In response to Erdoğan's comments, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said that his party is not in favor of deploying Turkish soldiers to other countries. He said, "We will first look at the content of the mandate (allowing Turkish troops to conduct operations abroad)." and continued by saying that the CHP does not want the Turkish amy to get into a war.
Meanwhile early on Saturday air strikes, believed to have been carried out by U.S.-led forces, hit ISIS in eastern Syria, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The group has maintained its grip on territory on three sides of a strategic Syrian Kurdish town, Kobane, on the border with Turkey, with sporadic clashes continuing on Saturday and heavy weapons fire heard, a Reuters witness said.