Turkey fears influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees

In case Assad's forces or ISIL militias advance in Aleppo

18 November, 15:43

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 18 - Turkey could face an influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees if President Bashar al-Assad's forces or ISIL insurgents advance around Aleppo, Anadolu Agency reports quoting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Tuesday. U.S. warplanes have been bombing ISIL forces in parts of Syria, but Assad's military has intensified its campaign against some rebel groups in the west and north that Washington sees as allies, including in and around Aleppo. "Right now who is filling the void left by ISIL as a result of the coalition's air attacks? It is the regime," Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. "But there is not that much difference between the ISIL and the regime. Both kill cruelly, especially civilians. And neither hesitate to use whatever weapons are available to them." Rebels and Syrian government forces hold parts of Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war. ISIL has seized territory from rival Islamist groups in a belt of territory north of Aleppo, threatening rebel supply routes. ISIL also holds large sections of territory elsewhere in the wider Aleppo province.

    Turkey has been a staunch supporter of the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella term for dozens of armed groups fighting against both Assad and ISIL. It has been pushing for the U.S.-led coalition to broaden its campaign to also tackle Assad.


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