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Turkey ends military operation in Syria: PM



Turkish PM Yildirim has announced the end of the country’s Euphrates Shield operation on Syrian soil.

He refrained from elaborating on whether Turkish forces would be withdrawn from northern Syria.

“From now on if there is anything that threatens our security, either Daesh or any other (group), and if we take another action, that will be a new operation,” he added.

His announcement was made following a Turkish National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by Erdogan.


Militants belonging to the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield alliance advance on February 20, 2017 towards the city of al-Bab, some 30 kilometers from the Syrian city of Aleppo. 


The development comes a day ahead a visit to Turkey by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is set to meet with Erdogan on Thursday.

In August 2016, Turkey began the major military intervention in Syria, sending tanks and warplanes across the border.

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