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Erdogan announces beginning of military operation in Syria’s Idlib
11:25, 8 October 2017
Erdogan announces beginning of military operation in Syria’s Idlib

The operation is aimed at defeating al-Qaida

11:25, 8 October 2017

aa.com.tr

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Saturday that his country has started a “serious” operation in Idlib, province of Syria, according to the Associated Press.

The operation is carried out with a part of Syrian oppositional forces which Turkey supports. Erdogan pointed out the Turkish military is not in the province – yet.

The ultimate aim of the operation is to defeat al-Qaida in the province, but it could turn into a costly  and expensive war: the group estimates thousands of fighters and has support among locals, unlike the Islamic State group.

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