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Turkey army takes strategic Syrian heights, kills 58 terrorists

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American President Donald Trump reassured his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the USA support for its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in the fight against the Islamic State (Isis) in the Syrian cities of al-Bab and Raqqa.

Turkey's media also reported about the Turkish servicemen wounded during the fighting, but their number is not disclosed. After this we will target Raqqa.

Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to tighten border security, eliminate terror threat along Turkish borders and support opposition forces in Syria.

Mr Trump and Mr Erdogan also discussed a long-standing Turkish call for the creation of safe zones in Syria, the refugee crisis and the fight against extremist groups, according to officials from Mr Erdogan's office.

"The al-Bab operation must be completed immediately in the period ahead".

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Erdogan for his part requested that Washington "stand with Turkey" in its struggle against the Gulen movement and not to extend support to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

According to a statement issued by the White House, Trump "reiterated USA support to Turkey as a strategic partner and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, and welcomed Turkey's contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group". The commercial relations between Turkey and the U.S. have entered a new phase and gained a new perspective with then-U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Turkey in April 2009.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo is expected to discuss the thorny issues raised by Erdogan and other security matters in a visit to the country on 9 February, although Reuters said there had been no official confirmation of the visit at the time of writing. Erdogan also complained that the the past showed little support for the campaign against the Islamic State.

Turkey wants the cleric, Fethullah Gulen extradited from the United States. Yet each time Washington has offered to conduct drone surveillance missions or to send in special forces to help out in al-Bab, Turkey has reportedly refused, insisting that the coalition carry out airstrikes based on coordinates it provides and nothing more.

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