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Turkey planning operations to clear Syrian border of Islamic State

Published 18/11/2015 | 09:21

Politicians from Turkey's main opposition party show their support for France after the Islamic State attack in Paris (AP)
Politicians from Turkey's main opposition party show their support for France after the Islamic State attack in Paris (AP)

Turkey and its allies are planning operations to clear Islamic State militants out of a stretch of the country's border with Syria.

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Foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioglu told the state-run Anadolu Agency that Turkey would not to allow IS to remain a threat to its borders.

Mr Sinirlioglu said: "When the plans are complete our operations (against IS) will intensify. You will see this in the coming days."

IS controls a 60-mile portion of Syria's border with Turkey, allowing the group to smuggle in fighters, arms and equipment.

Turkey has taken a more active role in the fight against IS in the past year, joining air strikes against the group in Syria and allowing US planes to use its bases.

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