US commends Turkey's efforts against DAESH

US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter DAESH Brett McGurk commends Turkey for its efforts in fighting against DAESH

Photo by: US State Department
Photo by: US State Department

Photo from US State Department while US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter DAESH Brett McGurk speaks at daily press briefing on January 5, 2016

Brett McGurk who was appointed by the United States President Barack Obama on October 23, 2015 as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter DAESH, praised Turkey's efforts on fighting against DAESH terror group.

Speaking at the daily US State Department press conference, McGurk said “We have seen the Turks have taken some significant steps in terms of setting up defensive perimeters more patrols making it much harder for DAESH to get resources into this very critical area.”

“Most significantly in this building (State Department) the diplomacy with Turkey and focus of the Turks in closing up that 98 kilometre border, during G20 President Obama had a very good meeting with President Erdogan about this very issue,” he added.

McGurk suggested DAESH lost influence and power due to Turkey tightening its Syrian border, pointing the importance of the 98 kilometre-border line with northern Syrian territories, which is currently controlled by the DAESH terror organisation

"On that stretch of the border it is now much harder to cross into Syria from Turkey," McGurk said.

United States Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford came to Turkey on Tuesday to hold a series of meetings in order to advance US - Turkey cooperation against the terror group.

The US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Turkey in January with teams of experts particularly from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to talk about the critical stretch of border.

Turkey declared DAESH as a terror organisation on October 10, 2013 and many times has been targeted by the terror group.

Turkey also conducts air strikes with the US-led Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve against DAESH.

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