Turkish PM Claims Ankara's Goal is Wiping Daesh Out From Border With Syria

© AFP 2022 / THIERRY CHARLIERTurkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the press as he arrives for a summit on relations between the European Union and Turkey and on the migration crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on November 29, 2015.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the press as he arrives for a summit on relations between the European Union and Turkey and on the migration crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on November 29, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that Ankara's goal is to repel Daesh militants from its borders.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey borders Iraq and Syria, which are both suffering from Daesh activities.

"Turkey's goal, and the United States back us in this, is to clean up our borders from IS [Daesh] militants. The fight waged by the Syrian opposition against IS is supported by Turkey and the United States," Davutoglu said at a press conference with US Vice President Joe Biden.

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2016. - Sputnik International
US Would Like Turkey to Do More For Anti-Daesh Fight - Carter
Earlier, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Turkish government should step up its efforts to fight Daesh.

In August 2015, Turkey began conducting airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria as part a US-led coalition against the terrorist group. Ankara made the decision in the wake of a deadly July suicide attack in the Turkish city of Suruc, blamed by Ankara on Daesh.

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