Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with Somalia President Hassan Sheik Mohamud (unseen), upon his arrival to the Somali capital Mogadishu, on January 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country opposes the idea of a Kurdish-controlled autonomous government in northern Syria.Kurdish forces gradually pushed back ISIS militants who have captured large chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria, with the help of the US-led air raids and a group of fighters from Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga forces.Ankara blacklists the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- which uses its safe havens in northern Iraq as a springboard for deadly attacks on its soil -- as a terrorist organization and sees the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a Syrian branch of the PKK.Erdogan also renewed his call for a no-fly zone in Syria and criticized what he said was a failure by fellow NATO member the US to target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
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