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Turkey planning operations to clear Syrian border of Islamic State

Turkey and its allies are planning operations to clear Islamic State militants out of a stretch of the country's border with Syria.

Foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioglu told the state-run Anadolu Agency that Turkey would not to allow IS to remain a threat to its borders.

Mr Sinirlioglu said: "When the plans are complete our operations (against IS) will intensify. You will see this in the coming days."

IS controls a 60-mile portion of Syria's border with Turkey, allowing the group to smuggle in fighters, arms and equipment.

Turkey has taken a more active role in the fight against IS in the past year, joining air strikes against the group in Syria and allowing US planes to use its bases.

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