A member of Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), seen with a mural of the Islamic State in the background, stands guard in front of a building in the border town of Jarablus, Syria, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkey wants to clear Daesh (ISIS) from a 90-kilometer stretch of territory on the Syrian side of its border, an official said Wednesday, a week after it launched an incursion that has strained ties with the United States.Operation "Euphrates Shield," in which Turkish troops and tanks entered Syria in support of rebels for the first time, began on Aug. 24 with the swift capture of Jarablus, a town a few kilometers inside Syria that was held by the militant group. Turkey, fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, says that while it remains intent on clearing militants from its border region, it also wants to prevent Kurdish militias from seizing territory in their wake.As well as driving out Daesh, it also wants to prevent Kurdish forces taking territory that will let them join up cantons they control in northeast and northwest Syria.
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