Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that establishing control over the border town of al-Bab is no more than an intermediate objective of the operation «shield of the Euphrates», conducted by the Turkish army in the North of Syria.
«After the battle for al-Bab, we will begin the liberation Manuja and Raqqa. Our ultimate goal is the creation of security zones to free from terrorists the territory of 5,000 square kilometers,» he said.
The head of state was informed that Turkish troops are not going to stay in Syria, and after the defeat of the «Islamic state» liberated from the jihadists of the land will be transferred to the «rightful owners».
Erdogan says that among the defenders of al-a Woman began a mass Exodus. This information is not confirmed, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Observers claim that the Turkish army is waging fierce battles, trying to get to the city center.