U.S.-backed Syrian forces reject ISIS request for safe passage to Turkey

Ankara needs to answer, however, why is it that the ISIS considers Turkey a safe place for its warriors


The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main U.S.-backed ground troops fighting Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, have rejected an appeal from the extreme jihadist group for its remaining fighters to be given safe passage to Turkey, an SDF spokesman said.

The SDF has slowed its military operations around Baghouz, a village in the ISIS-controlled Deir al-Zor area of eastern Syria, to take control of the area without endangering civilians, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported .

Mustafa Bali, the head of SDF media center, said ISIS had been using local residents as human shields to slow SDF operations and tried to use them as a bargaining chip, sending a group of smugglers to negotiate with the SDF.

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