World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Kalin said Turkey had the right to strike any threat, whether it comes from Al-Bab, Aleppo, Raqqa in Syria or Tal Afar, Sinjar in Iraq.
“Turkey doesn’t need to seek permission from anyone to do this,” he said.
Kalin added that Turkey was fighting for the future of Syrian people, for the region and for its own national security.
Turkey has been supporting opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to clear border cities in northern Syria from the ISIL extremist organization.
Turkish support for the FSA comes within the context of Operation Euphrates Shield, a Turkish-led campaign that began last August and is aimed at eliminating the extremist presence in northern Syria.
More than 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) of area and captured most of Al-Bab, a strategic city for ISIL.
The Turkish president’s spokesman said the operation in the ISIL stronghold Al-Bab in northwestern Aleppo was significant.