In August 2016, the Turkish government sent its forces to Northern Syria in order to distance ISIS and Kurdish forces from the country’s border. Now, Turkey has announced that they are ending their military operation.

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The Turkish National Security Council reported last night that they are ending their military campaign in Northern Syria that was known as Euphrates Shield. Shortly afterwards, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed the successful conclusion of the operation, adding that additional ones are planned.

“Operation Euphrates Shield, which began with protecting our borders, prevented the ISIS threat and returned Syrian refugees to their homes, ended successfully,” the Turkish National Security Council stated.

Turkey began its military operation in August 2016 with the aiming of clearing ISIS and Kurdish forces away from the country’s border with the assistance of Syrian rebels operating on the ground.

Despite claims made by the Turkish government, Operation Euphrates Shield did not clear away ISIS from the country’s border as planned and failed to block the takeover of the area adjacent to the border.