Turkey preparing to clear DAESH from Syrian border

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    Turkey preparing to clear DAESH from Syrian border


    Turkey is preparing to "clean" the Syrian side of the border of DAESH extremists after a Turkish border town came under repeated deadly rocket attacks, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday.

    "We are making all the necessary preparations to clean the other side of the border because of the problems in Kilis," he said amid persistent speculation of a possible cross-border ground operation, without giving details on the preparations.

    Around two dozen people have been killed in the Turkish border town of Kilis by rocket fire from DAESH terrorists since January, prompting the military to respond with artillery.

    Turkey, a member of the U.S.-led coalition battling DAESH, has received almost none of the support it wanted from its allies in the fight against the extremist group and indicated Ankara was prepared to take unilateral action.

    "While our citizens fall dead every day in the streets of Kilis by rockets launched from the other side, what can we expect from our allies? Let me say it here. We will not hesitate to take needed steps on our own if necessary," he said.

    Erdoğan said what happens in Kilis would be a "litmus test" to show the anti-DAESH coalition's sincerity in dealing with the threat. "We do not believe the sincerity of any country that has not seen rockets falling on our town as if they fell on Moscow, London, Brussels, Washington, Paris or Berlin," he said.