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    Syrian opposition ready to combat terror with Turkey

    The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces said Tuesday it is ready to fight against terrorism with Turkey.

    The coalition reaffirmed its commitment to fighting terrorism in all its forms and cooperating with its partners to defeat terrorist organizations.

    The umbrella organization, also known as the Syrian National Coalition, “is ready to combat terror in cooperation and joint action with the brothers in Turkey so as to safeguard the national interests of the Syrian people with all their Arab, Kurd, Turkmen, Assyrian and other components,” it said in a statement.

    The statement highlighted that the coalition has contributed to efforts to establish a safe zone in Syria as well as creating conditions for the return of refugees.

    “The coalition hopes these efforts will succeed in finding a solution that will ensure the defeat of the PYD militia and the trans-border terror groups that turned this region into a hotbed of chaos, violence and terrorism,” it added.

    Recognized by 122 countries, the coalition was established in 2012.

    Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who fled the violence to return home.

    Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a “terrorist corridor” there.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK.

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