Turkey left to fight Islamic State alone, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) visiting the Special Forces Command in Ankara, Turkey on May 3, 2016Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused the international coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria of leaving his country to fight the jihadists alone on its own soil. “They have left us alone in our struggle against this organisation which is shedding our blood both through suicide bombings and by attacks on Kilis,” he said, referring to a Turkish border town regularly targeted by rockets fired from Syria. “In Syria none of those who say they are fighting Daesh (Islamic State) have suffered the kind of losses that we have, nor paid such a heavy price as us,” added Erdogan, speaking at a film contest in Istanbul.

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