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Turkey’s Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation

Turkey plans to extend military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqaa after defeating ISIS in al-Bab

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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey aimed to create a safe zone in Syria, extending its military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqqa after driving ISIS from al-Bab, if it acts together with the US-led coalition.

In a speech in Bahrain, broadcast live on Turkish television, Erdogan said the planned safe zone would cover an area of at least 4,000-5,000 square kilometers (3,475 square miles) and would require a no-fly zone.