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    Ankara Needs to Coordinate Actions in Syria With Damascus - Hmeimim Group

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    Turkey's military operation to clear the northern Syrian town of Jarablus from militants is a violation of the Arab republic's sovereignty and therefore Ankara should coordinate actions with the legitimate government in Damascus, Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Hmeimim group of internal Syrian opposition, told Sputnik on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Ankara launched the "Euphrates Shield" military operation with aerial support from the US-led coalition, with the stated aim to eliminate threat from the Daesh and Kurdish forces in Jarablus. The Syrian Kurds and Damascus accused Ankara of violating the territorial integrity of the Arab republic.

    "This attack across the Syrian border towards Jarablus is a violation of Syria's sovereignty. Ankara does not have any legitimate right to send forces. For example, all Russian airstrikes are launched in coordination and under the agreement with the Syrian government. If the Turks really want to fight against Daesh they need to coordinate their actions with the legitimate Syrian government," Ahmad said.

    Syria has been engulfed in a conflict for more than five years. Various opposition and terrorist groups — including the notorious Daesh and al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in Russia — are fighting the Syrian Arab Army in an attempt to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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