Islamic State militants may flee and take up arms again as Kurdish militias fighting them retreat amid the Turkish ground offensive, Vladimir #Putin has said. He doubts that #Turkey’s forces could prevent this from happening.
“There’s areas in northern #Syria where Islamic State’s militants have amassed,” the Russian president warned at the Commonwealth of Independent States’ summit in Turkmenistan.
Such buffer zones were guarded by Syrian Kurds but now “the Turkish army is moving in and the Kurds are abandoning those camps,” creating the power vacuum.
‘They could simply run away. I’m not sure whether the Turkish army could get it under control fast’ – Putin
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