Monday, August 22, 2016

Turkish FM: Border With Syria Must be 'Cleansed' of Islamic State

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday the country's border region with Syria must be "completely cleansed" of the Islamic State militant group.

His comments followed a suicide bombing late Saturday at a wedding in southeastern Turkey that killed at least 51 people.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Islamic State for the attack in the city of Gaziantep, saying evidence pointed to the bomber being a child between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

In an earlier written statement, Erdogan said there is "no difference" between Islamic State, the militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PKK, and followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for a coup attempt last month.

"Our country and our nation have again only one message to those who attack us - you will not succeed!" he said...

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