Turkey ends military campaign in Syria

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Turkey says it has “successfully” ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria, the BBC reports.

But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria.

Turkey launched the offensive last August to push Islamic State militants away from its border and also to stop the advance of local Kurdish fighters.

“Operation Euphrates Shield has been successful and is finished. Any operation following this one will have a different name,” Mr Yildirim said after Wednesday’s meeting of the country’s security council.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Turkey.

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