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Turkey's President Erdogan calls for no-fly zone against Syria's air force

  • IN this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 photo, a Syrian refugee mother rests with her children at a crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey. Refugees have been streaming into Turkey from Syria to find safety. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    IN this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 photo, a Syrian refugee mother rests with her children at a crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey. Refugees have been streaming into Turkey from Syria to find safety. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States Vice President Joseph Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet for a bilateral meeting at the Peninsula Hotel as the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly convenes, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    United States Vice President Joseph Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet for a bilateral meeting at the Peninsula Hotel as the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly convenes, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kurds from Turkey, left, and Syria break down the fences at the Syrian border near Suruc, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. On Thursday, about 1,000 Kurdish activists arrived at the border after a more than 750 mile (1,200 kilometer) overnight bus ride from Istanbul in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Kurds from Turkey, left, and Syria break down the fences at the Syrian border near Suruc, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. On Thursday, about 1,000 Kurdish activists arrived at the border after a more than 750 mile (1,200 kilometer) overnight bus ride from Istanbul in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for the creation of a "no-fly zone" in Syria to protect part of the country from attacks by Syria's air force.

In his comments to reporters on Friday, Erdogan did not say where such a zone should be located. Turkey is eager to re-focus the world's attention on removing Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime from power.

Erdogan also reiterated that Turkey is considering how to support the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, including whether that would involve his military.

In addition, Erdogan said that a "secure area" should be created on the Syrian side of the Turkish border, where tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the fighting as refugees.