Moderate Syrian opposition can get the job done if supported properly, Kalın says

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Published 26.08.2016 15:27
Updated 26.08.2016 15:47
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The liberation of Jarablus has shown that moderate Syrian opposition fighters can achieve concrete results if they receive proper support from the coalition forces, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Thursday.

Speaking on a televised interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN International, Kalın said that the primary goal of Operation Euphrates Shield is to clean Turkey's borders from all terrorist organizations including Daesh and other terrorist elements such as YPG.

He highlighted that the YPG are not the only group who are fighting against Daesh terrorists in Syria, and that the Free Syrian Army and other moderate opposition groups can effectively fight the terrorists if they receive proper assistance.

''Daesh has been launching a number of attacks on our border towns, in Kilis and other places'' Kalın said, adding that the latest suicide attack on a wedding party in Gaziantep province on the Syrian border, which killed over 50 people, was the last straw that broke the camel's back. In response, Turkey said 'enough is enough.'

Kalın noted that Jarablus has successfully been cleansed of all Daesh elements and that Turkey intends to keep it that way and will not tolerate seeing any terrorist groups on its borders.

In response to Amanpour's question suggesting that Turkey is shifting its tactic against Assad, Kalın replied that Turkey's position has not changed.

''He is responsible for killing more than a million people'' Kalın said, and added that he has no place in the future of Syria, and that Turkey wants to focus on the transition mechanism rather than the individual.

Ankara has frequently voiced its concern over the activity of PYD's armed People's Protection Units' (YPG) along the Turkish border, and has been rigid in its stance of not allowing the PYD terrorist group to found any kind of de facto Kurdish state in northern Syria.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that the operation led by Turkey to liberate Syria's Jarablus from Daesh terrorists will continue until elements of the PKK's Syrian affiliate YPG retreat to the east bank of the Euphrates.

On August 24, the Turkish military launched a cross-border operation named "Euphrates Shield" along with the U.S.-led coalition in Syria's northern border city of Jarablus to clear the area from the Daesh terror organization.

The operations of the Turkish Armed Forces, which has been actively fighting Daesh, have significantly contributed to the ongoing efforts of the U.S.-backed international coalition against the terror group.

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