The Prime-Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim announced that “all terrorist organisations” were pushed back from the Turkey-Syria border. The return of control over the border could significantly improve the position of allied Syrian rebels, who with the support of Turkish forces had already seized the strategic border town Jarablus from ISIS on August 25.
“Prayed to Allah, we took control over 91 kilometres of border area from Jarablus to al-Rai, that was under the terrorist’s control for quite some time,” Yildirim said in his televised speech.
On September 3, Turkey sent more tanks and other armoured vehicles into west of Jarablus, the offence aimed at targeting terrorists from both the east and west sides of the stretch of the territory between Jarablus and al-Rai, and taking control of all the villages between two cities.
Turkey calls ‘terrorists’ not only ISIS but also the US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces (PYD) and the Kurdistan’s Worker’s Party (PKK).
“Whether ISIS, the PKK or the PYD or FETO, all are terrorists in our view,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in August. “We cannot make distinctions between bad terrorists, good terrorists. Terrorists are terrorists.”