Erdogan: Turkey Gearing Up to Strike ISIS Group in Syria

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
May 12, 2016 Updated: May 15, 2016

ANKARA—Turkey’s president says his country is gearing up to “clear” the Syrian side of its frontier in response to cross-border fire from the Islamic State (ISIS).

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey was making the necessary preparations “due to the difficulties in Kilis.”

Kilis, a town in southern Turkey across the border from ISIS-held territory in Syria, has witnessed multiple rocket attacks this year which authorities blame on ISIS.

Cross-border fire from Syria has claimed 21 lives and wounded dozens of others in Kilis.

Erdogan said his country is prepared to act alone. He complained Turkey has not received the desired support from its allies.

Turkey is home to a strategic air base, Incirlik, which the U.S-led coalition uses to launch bombing runs against ISIS militants.

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