Turkey to Deploy Military Troops in Syria: Reports
KABUL: (Middle East Press) According to the reports, Turkey is due to deploy some military troops in neighboring Syria.
Several Turkish media outlets reported Sunday that Ankara is gearing up for a ground incursion into Syria.
Ankara government has ordered the army to arrange forces to border areas in a bid to prevent significant gains by Kurdish forces fighting against ISIL groups.
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.