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France, Turkey call for a stronger campaign against ISIL
November 1, 2014, 8:49 am

French and Turkish Presidents, Francois Hollande and Recep Tayyip Erdogan respectively, agreed Friday to further boost the international campaign against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, while enhancing support for Syrian moderate opposition.

"We know very well that there are two rivals in Syria, ISIL and Bashar Al-Assad who continues aerial bombardment against civilian women and children," Hollande told a joint news conference with Erdogan following their meeting.

"We also believe that there has been some kind of an alliance between the Syrian regime and ISIL," he added but did not elaborate.
Hollande underlined importance of arming what he called moderate Syrian opposition "because it is the only one capable of fighting ISIL." Erodgan said there was a terrorist organization "but there is Al-Assad and his regime too, and they are exercising state terrorism and should be fought." He said Turkey and France shared common views over Syria and Iraq.

He said he agreed with Hollande on the training and arming of moderate Syrian opposition to fight Al-Assad. He called on the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant to establish a no-fly zone in northern Syria.

Erdogan lashed out at the coalition because it was focusing on Ain Al-Arab (Kobane) town and ignoring other cities like Idlib, Hama and Homs which were controlled by ISIL.

"The international coalition is focusing more on the Syrian Ain Al-Arab," he complained, "and why focusing on Ain Al-Arab while 40 percent of the Iraqi lands are controlled by ISIL."

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