Turkey has cleared Islamic State, Kurdish force from area of north Syria: president

September 2, 2016 6:48 AM

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Turkey has cleared Islamic State, Kurdish force from area of north Syria: president

ANKARA Turkey has swept Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia from an area of northern Syria, but Syrian Kurdish forces have still not met a Turkish demand to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates river, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Turkey launched a cross-border offensive into Syria last week, saying it had a dual aim of driving away jihadists and ensuring Kurdish forces did not fill the void that was left by extending their control of territory along Turkey's border.

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