Erdogan: Turkey’s “safe zone” in the Syria could reach 5,000 square kilometers

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The next target of the Turkish-backed rebel fighters might be ISIS stronghold, Al-Bab,  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference before his trip to New York where he is due to address the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan said the “safe zone” created in northern Aleppo could reach 5,000 square kilometers.

Erdogan added that currently 900 square kilometers in northern Syria is under the control of the Turkish Armed Forces and rebel fighters participating in “Operation Euphrates Shield” alongside the Army.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, which are Kurdish by majority, had initially opted to take Al-Bab from ISIS. Such a move would have enabled them to link both Kurdish cantons in northern Syria.

We mentioned in our last Thursday’s article about Turkey’s intention to push southward to Al-Bab.