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    Ankara's fight against Daesh made Turkey an aim for terror, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

    SOCHI (Sputnik) — Turkey's direct fight against Daesh (banned in Russia) makes it a goal for the terrorists, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.

    "IS [Daesh] attacks Turkey because Turkey directly fights IS [Daesh], including by helping the coalition and hindering foreign terrorists. We are truly killing the ideology of this terrorist organization," Cavusoglu told reporters following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and Islamic extremist groups.

    A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force across Syria on February 27. It does not apply to terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia.

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