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GOLAN HEIGHTS, Dec. 31, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Israeli soldiers and military tanks are seen in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights during a military drill on Dec. 30, 2019. The Israeli military was in a state of high alert in the Golan Heights, in readiness for possible retaliation by Iran after U.S. strikes on Kata'ib Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria Sunday. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Army Troops (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua/IANS)

Turkish troops would remain in Syria until “the Syrians can live in peace and safety,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“We will continue to stay in this country until the Syrian people, our thousand-year-old neighbor and our brothers, achieve freedom, peace and safety,” he said while speaking at a presidential meeting in capital Ankara on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Turkish army has launched operations in northern Syria against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units and the Islamic State elements in the region.

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