Turkey has ‘duty’ to defeat Islamic State in Syria, President Erdogan says

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 11 (UPI) — Turkey has a “binding duty” to defeat the Islamic State in neighboring Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an address Sunday.

In a televised message, Erdogan said it’s necessary to “render it unable to carry out activities in Turkey.”

Last month, Turkey launched an offensive to remove the Islamic State from Syria’s northern border region. He called that a “first step” in the fight against the Islamic State, which he calls Daesh.

He also said Turkey would defeated the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, and the Feto group of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

He said the Feto group was behind the July 15 attempted coup and the PKK/Democratic Union Party in Syria would be stopped like the PKK in Turkey.

“We are determined to wipe out the PKK trouble from Turkey together with our security forces,” he said. “Just like Feto, the PKK stands no change against our sagacious people and the power of our state.”

Turkey’s government has said the failed coup, which left 240 people dead, was organized by followers of Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the Saylorsburg, Pa., and by his social service organizations in Turkey, which the Turkish governmenthas together labeled the “Fetullah Terrorist Organization.” Turkey has been negotiating with the United States on his extradition.

Erdogan noted that Turkey is stronger than before attempted coup.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also pledged: “All dirty plots against Turkish unity are in vain. No terror groups will be able to bring Turkey to its knees.”

A 10-day truce is due to start in Syria on Monday, according to an agreement announced early Saturday by the United States and Russia.


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