Turkey’s prime minister says the country is ready to fight the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, stressing that the goal can be only achieved if an international action is taken against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“If Assad stays in power, if ISIS goes, another radical organization may come in,” Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with CNN on Monday, adding, “Our approach should be comprehensive, inclusive and combined.”
Davutoglu said Turkey will send troops to fight against ISIL in Syria if “others do their own part.”
“We are ready to do everything if there is a clear strategy that after ISIS we can be sure our border will be protected,” the Turkish premier noted.
He further described as “surprising and shocking” calls for Turkish forces to join the Syrian army in the fight against Takfiris.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Syrian border town of Kobani is teetering on the edge of falling to the ISIL militants.
Erdogan said the ongoing airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition against ISIL positions are not enough to stop the group and a ground operation is needed in addition.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. The intense fighting for the strategic town has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria.
Quoting Turkish government officials and media reports, the New York Times reported late in September that Turkey is one of the biggest sources of foreign recruits for ISIL, which has captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria.
By Press TV
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