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Erdogan: Turkey will overcome terror groups

Speaking at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, Erdogan said the terror organizations were trying to impede Turkey’s ambitions

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will overcome terror groups, including Kurdish rebels and ISIS, which have intensified their attacks.

Speaking at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Wednesday, Erdogan said the terror organizations were trying to impede Turkey’s ambitions, including becoming one of the world’s 10 strongest economies and building the world’s largest airport. He was addressing his staff a day after suspected ISIS militants attacked Istanbul’s busiest airport with gunfire and bombs, killing 42 people and wounding scores of others.

Erdogan said: “Neither the PKK, the DHKP-C, nor Daesh ... will succeed in deterring Turkey from its goals.” He was referring in turn to the Kurdish rebels, an outlawed leftist militant group and ISIS.

The Turkish leader also said the airport attackers were “not Muslims” and “have prepared their place in hell.”

Erdogan thanked world leaders including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, for calling to offer their condolences.