Syrian opposition, Turkmen take back two border towns from Daesh

Published November 22nd, 2015 - 09:30 GMT
AFP reports that Syrian opposition forces, with US, Turkish, and Turkmen support, reclaimed two towns from Daesh on the Turkish border.
 
Turkmen ground forces, with US and Turkish fighter jets, seized the towns of Harjaleh and Dalha in northern Aleppo province.
 
Over 70 Daesh fighters were killed, the state-run Anatolia news reported.
 
Recapturing the towns in northern Aleppo is part of a larger offensive to stabilize a 61-mile stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border that is still under heavy Daesh occupation, according to AFP
 
"Now we're going to start pushing them (Daesh) back," said Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, in Washington.
 
The long-term goal is to create a "safe zone" in northern Syria to resettle the 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey.
 
US President Barack Obama showed concerns at the G20 Summit in Turkey about the logistics of creating a safe zone. 
 
"How would it work? Would it become a magnet for further terrorist attacks? And how many personnel would be required, and how would it end? There's a whole set of questions that have to be answered there," Obama said.
 
The fighting is ongoing.

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