March 15, 2018 / 9:00 AM / a year ago

Turkish intelligence working to take Nusra Front out of Syria's eastern Ghouta - Erdogan spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from the besieged Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s MIT intelligence agency is working to take Nusra Front fighters from out of Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta, a spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Ibrahim Kalin also said Turkey did not want a militant organization in eastern Ghouta. He was speaking in an interview with state broadcaster TRT Haber.

Last week, the Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam said it had agreed to evacuate Nusra Front fighters being held in its prisons in eastern Ghouta to rebel-held Idlib province.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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