Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu says Syrians went back to their homes thanks to peace in Afrin and other areas after Turkish military operations.
Ankara has promised a cross-border operation and a safe zone east of the Euphrates in Syria and says the operation would not only secure Turkey's national interests but allow displaced and refugee families to return home.
Residents of Syria's Qabasin say safety and stability are finally returning to the region after Turkey cleared out Daesh during Operation Euphrates Shield.
The US attempt to focus on a single goal in Syria, namely Daesh, has served as fuel for other conflicts in the region and compromised Turkey's internal security.
People who escaped the conflict earlier have been returning homes after Turkish forces cleared a 2,055-square kilometre area from terrorists, but security challenges in the region remain.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in case of any threat on the Syrian border Ankara will react "the same as we did in Operation Euphrates Shield."
The military action was launched in August 2016 to clear the Turkey-Syria border from Daesh and US-backed YPG, which Turkey considers to be the Syrian affiliate of the terror outfit.
A tense calm prevails in Syria's northern town of Manbij as efforts to avert a confrontation between Turkish-backed forces and US-backed forces take shape.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis says the US wants to see focus on containing Daesh as multiple powers vie for operation in Manbij and beyond.
Turkey says the US-backed YPG has no right to be in Manbij. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Turkey's allies in Syria not to side with "terrorist organisations."
Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces pushed through to the centre of al-Bab, a Daesh stronghold 30 kilometres from the Turkish border. Securing al-Bab will allow Turkey and its allies to press on towards Raqqa, Daesh's de facto capital in Syria.
Turkish military hits Daesh targets in the northern Syrian town. Separately, regime air strikes killed at least four people and wounded another 15 in a rebel-held district of Damascus, days before Geneva peace talks.
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