Turkey ends Euphrates Shield military operation against ISIS in Syria
Turkey has reportedly ended its military intervention, known as Euphrates Shield, which was launched to fight ISIS militants in northern Syria.
Since August 2016, Turkish troops, tanks and warplanes have been deployed to support Free Syrian Army (FSA), Reuters reported.
Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted by broadcaster NTV as saying: "Operation Euphrates Shield has been successful and is finished. Any operation following this one will have a different name.”
During their seventh-month deployment, the Turkish military personnel helped Syrian rebels to successfully take back control of several towns, including Jarablus, from ISIS.
The Euphrates Shield also focused on preventing the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) from strengthening their foothold in the region, the BBC reported.
Meanwhile, during a press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "There is no space between Turkey and the US in our commitment to defeat Daesh, to defeat ISIS."
Tillerson further noted that conducting operations from Turkish bases has helped the US military to increase operations against ISIS by 25% over the past 18 months.
He added: "We stand alongside Turkey in their fight to stop terrorism directed against its country and its people."