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rkish forces, pushing back Islamic state militants and creating a safe zone in the process. Ancora are now in control of a 90 kilometer strip of border and offering a safe haven for civilians inside Syria, ending the flow of refugees to Turkey. With or without international backing, Turkey is seizing the initiative, according to Reuters bureau chief in Ancora, Nick Tatisle.
>> Well, Turkey has pushed for several years for international support for a safe zone in Syria. It's gone it alone now partly out of frustration. It feels that the United States and other western allies just haven't been supportive enough. And it hopes that by starting this incursion, it can demonstrate that it is able to capture territory and to hold it.
Russia and the US falling short of signing up to a safe zone plan in China last week. Both sides saying they want to continue working with Ancora to fight terrorism.>> Turkey is hoping that it can maintain an agreement with the United States that the Kurdish YPG remain outside the safe zone.
And it's hoping that Russia will also give its blessing for the operation. And that air support can be coordinated will all of those players to ensure that this military push can continue.>> The concern for the coalition is the size of operation needed to guarantee a safe zone in what's all ready a complicated and ever changing battlefield.