Turkey ends "Euphrates Shield" operation in Syria

Turkey ends "Euphrates Shield" operation in SyriaTurkey has announced the end of its Euphrates Shield military campaign near the border region in northern Syria, but it did not immediately say whether it was pulling its troops out of the war-ravaged country.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on March 29 said the operation was "successful and is finished."

But PM did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria.

"From now on, if there is anything that threatens our security, either [ISIS] or any other [group], and if we take another action, that will be a new operation," Yildirim said.

Turkey launched Euphrates Shield last August, with troops, tanks, and warplanes backing Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels battling to push Islamic State extremists away from the Turkish border region.

FSA troops have also been fighting Syrian Kurdish fighters that Ankara says are "terrorists."

The army and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured several towns, including Jarablus, finally moving south to the strategic town of Al-Bab.

The news came before the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Turkey on Thursday. Tillerson discussed with Turkish officials on Thursday the ways to coordinate the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

In a statement, the office of Turkish Prime Minister did not refer to differences between Turkey and the United States over the role of Kurdish forces in the campaign against ISIS, saying only that the two NATO allies agreed to strengthen cooperation on regional matters.

Tillerson, who met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after Yildirim, emphasised that Turkey is important to American security and economic ties in the region.
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