Turkey ends its military operation in Syria

Turkish-backed rebels captured territory from so-called Islamic State, including Al-Bab. REUTERS

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

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.

Mr Yildirim spoke as the US secretary of state arrived in Turkey.

The Turkish government in Ankara has been angered by the willingness of the US to back Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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