Geneva, Switzerland – Although the US-led coalition has conducted about 300 air strikes in Syria since September, it has so far failed to weaken the Islamic State, stated the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.
“All the indications say that the Islamic State today, after two months of coalition air strikes, is not weaker,” al-Moualem reportedly said.
“If the Security Council and Washington do not force Turkey to control its borders then all of this action will not eliminate it (Islamic State),” Moualem said, pointing to the fact that foreign jihadists are entering the country across the Syrian-Turkish border, which stretches over 560 miles. “Turkey, however, has strongly denied accusations it has supported militant Islamists, inadvertently or otherwise, in its enthusiasm to help Syrian rebels topple Assad.”
Reuters elaborates that Turkey’s plan for a no-fly zone has been reportedly aimed at creating “safe areas in Syria,” which would allow Syrian refugees in Turkey to return home. However, the idea has received a cool reception from its allies, and a top NATO general said this week the idea was not being considered, according to reports.
Meanwhile the Syrian government expresses its willingness to join the US-led coalition in its struggle against the Islamic State. The United States has rejected Syria’s approach, emphasizing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost his legitimacy.
Reporting by: Lorin Silo
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