Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday 11th May 2016 said the country’s forces have killed more than 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Erdogan noted that no other country was striking Islamic State fighters as hard as Turkey.
Turkey, a NATO member was initially a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.
Turkey in the earlier stages has received criticism for failing to stop foreign fighters crossing its borders and joining the radical Islamic State group.
Turkey’s President has maintained that they are committed in fighting the Islamic State which has conducted large scale attacks in the country’s capital Ankara.
However, more support is needed from Western allies to defeat Islamic State menace particularly near Syrian border where the militants are attacking Turkish town of Kilis repeatedly for the past few weeks.