Turkey’s Top Brass Meet Amid Talk of Syria Invasion


ANKARA: Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) met Monday amid reports of a potential Turkish military intervention in Syria.

On Monday, Turkish armed forces began amassing near the Turkish border city of Sanliurfa to create a “military buffer zone” there.

Turkish forces are planning a cross-border operation to fight against what Ankara perceives a security challenge posed by the Syrian Kurds following their recent victories against Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

Erdo?an chaired the critical meeting, composed of political leaders and top military brass, at the presidential palace. 

On Monday, Turkish armed forces began amassing near the Turkish border city of Sanliurfa, AFP reported.

The agency said Turkish officials were also discussing the potential intervention.

Turkey’s president warned over the weekend that Turkey would “never allow” the formation of a Kurdish state along its southern borders, following advances by Kurdish fighters battling ISIS militants in areas close to Syria’s border with Turkey.

The planned buffer zone stretches 110 kilometers long and 28 kilometers  wide between the southern Turkish towns of Karkamis and Oncupinar.

The forces are deploying opposite the border town of Kobani, which was retaken by the Kurdish fighters after a bloody battle with the ISIS.

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