Turkish offensive in Syria could reinvigorate Islamic State- Germany

by Reuters
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 14:43 GMT

BERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Germany on Wednesday urged Turkey to halt a military operation in northern Syria, saying the incursion would destabilise the country and risked helping a resurgence of the Islamic State militant group.

"Turkey is risking a further destabilisation of the region and a reinvigoration of Islamic State," Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement. "The Turkish offensive could lead to a new humanitarian disaster as well as new refugee flows."

He added: "We urge Turkey to end its operation and to pursue its security interests in a peaceful way." (Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Tassilo Hummel Editing by Michelle Martin)

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