Turkey: ISIS, Nusra are ‘terrorist organizations’

Fighters from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham cheer after a Russian helicopter was shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkey says it now considers both the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front, now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, as “terrorist organizations”, an official from Ankara’s foreign ministry said.

This comes after Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launched several attacks on the Free Syrian Army in the northwestern region of Syria on Tuesday and threatened to launch more attacks towards moderate Syrian opposition rebels which Turkey supports.

The source from the Turkish foreign ministry also said that the recent attacks may be one way to delay a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

He also added that Turkey is unaware of a Russian proposal for a draft new Syrian constitution presented during the two-day talks in Kazakhstan’s Astana that would see Syrian Kurds gain autonomy.

Turkey said on Thursday that it is waiting to see the outcome of United States President Donald Trump’s pledge to order safe zones in Syria, but has long advocated such a plan, Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said on Thursday.

Trump said on Wednesday he “will absolutely do safe zones in Syria” for refugees fleeing violence. According to a document seen by Reuters, Trump is expected to order the Pentagon and the State Department in the coming days to craft such a plan.

“We have seen the US President’s request for conducting a study. What’s important is the results of this study and what kind of recommendation will come out,” Muftuoglu told reporters at a briefing in Ankara.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53