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Turkey's Erdogan threatens unilateral action against IS in Syria

IANS  |  Ankara 

Turkey is prepared to take unilateral actions against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria to protect its southern border town Kilis from IS attacks, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

"We are making necessary preparations in order to clear the other side of the border," he said.

Erdogan complained that the US-led anti-IS coalition has not provided Turkey with the desired support, reported Xinhua news agency.

"Turkey will not wait... while we have martyrs every day," Erdogan said. "I'd like to say that we will not hesitate to take unilateral steps on this issue."

The issue of Kilis would be "litmus paper" for revealing the sincerity of coalition partners in the fight against the IS group, Erdogan said.



First Published: Thu, May 12 2016. 18:40 IST