Turkey to create safe zone east of Euphrates river, Syria

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"God willing, in the period ahead we will increase the number of secure zones in Syria, encompassing the east of the Euphrates", he said in a speech during a visit to NY, where world leaders have gathered for the UN General Assembly.

Turkey previously carried out a military operation to seize control of Syria's Afrin region from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Also, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has expelled nearly 200 family members of Eastern Ghouta terrorists from a region in Afrin and moved them towards Idlib to pave the ground for sheltering the FSA members in Afrin.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia September 17, 2018.

The Tunisian Ennahda movement on Thursday praised the efforts of Turkish and Russian presidents to reach an agreement on the Syrian northwestern region of Idlib. It has done the same in Afrin.

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Close to three million people live in Idlib, around half of them Syrians displaced by the war from other parts of Syria, and the United Nations warned that an offensive would cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

Turkey is looking to expand its presence in Syria by setting up "secure zones" east of the Euphrates river.

A deal reached by Turkey and Russian Federation sought to avoid a military confrontation in Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province with a ceasefire and the creation of a demilitarized zone.

The group is made up mostly of al-Qaida fighters that broke away from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee, the largest militant group in Idlib province.


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