Turkey-backed rebels could push further south in Syria, Erdogan says

September 19, 2016 8:05 AM

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Turkey-backed rebels could push further south in Syria, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference before departing for New York where he is due to address the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan said Turkey's "safety zone" in the region could eventually span an area of 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles).

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