Turkey considering military intervention in Syria: Reports

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Monday, 29 June 2015

Reports coming out of Turkey suggest that Ankara is preparing for a military intervention in neighboring Syria.

Several Turkish media outlets reported Sunday that the Ankara government is gearing up for a ground incursion into Syria.

They said that the government has ordered the army to deploy forces to border areas in a bid to prevent significant gains by Kurdish forces fighting against ISIL militants.

According to the newspapers, the Turkish government has ordered the military to increase support for Syrian militants in border regions. The Turkish military has, however, reportedly advised the government to explore all diplomatic avenues before launching any incursion.

The reports also said that up to 18,000 ground forces, air support and artillery would reportedly cross the border into Syria on a stretch of land spanning from the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani in the east to the town of Mare.

The strip of land is currently a battleground between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants.

The Turkish government has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

The reports come two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Syrian Kurds of trying to establish a state in the crisis-hit country’s north, saying Ankara will leave no stone unturned to prevent such an establishment near its borders.

The Syrian crisis, which broke out in March 2011, has left over 230,000 people dead and millions displaced.

The foreign-backed tension in Syria has been further aggravated by the activities of ISIL Takfiri terrorists who carry out crimes against different religious and ethnic groups.

Turkey, an outspoken critic of the Syrian government, has time and again been accused of supporting the militants fighting against the Damascus government.

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