ANKARA (Sputnik) — On August 24, the Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield against the internationally-condemned jihadist group Daesh. Turkish forces, with assistance from Syrian opposition fighters, occupied the city of Jarablus in northern Syria and are currently conducting an offensive on al-Bab.
"Our units have entered central [al-]Bab. To avoid clashes with the Syrian army, we are in coordination with Russia," Kalin said in comments broadcast by NTV.
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The spokesman added that an area between the cities of Azaz and Jarabulus should be cleared from the outlawed Daesh jihadist group in order to establish a safe zone.
Kalin said the Turkish armed forces would next target the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa once the operation in al-Bab is completed.