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Turkey could send 20,000 troops to Syria to fight ISIS

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 DarkKnightNomeD    2,078

Turkey could send 20,000 troops to Syria to fight ISIS: President threatens military strikes to create 'buffer zone' for refugees

Published: 02:23 EST, 30 June 2015 | Updated: 04:27 EST, 30 June 2015


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Turkey is preparing to send 20,000 troops into Syria to fight ISIS and forces loyal to the country's president Bashar Al Assad, it has been reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is considering proposals to set up a 'buffer zone' along the Turkey Syria border by retaking a series of crossings from Islamic militants.

At a security meeting yesterday, Mr Erdogan said the strip of land 60 miles long and 20 miles deep would be used to set up refugee camps for 2million people who have fled to their country since fighting broke out in Syria three years ago.

However, the strip of land Turkey proposes to take would also stop two areas currently controlled by Kurdish YPG fighters from joining up, something the country bitterly opposes.

The YPG is an offshoot of the PKK guerrilla group which has been carrying out suicide bomb attacks inside Turkey for years.

As a result, Turkey has refused to come to the help of Kurds facing extermination by ISIS, particularly in the ongoing battle for the border town of Kobani. 

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 DarkKnightNomeD    2,078

Turkey and Jordan said preparing buffer zones inside Syria. Israeli air support mooted. Putin issues warning

DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2015, 10:09 AM (IDT)


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The Turkish and Jordanian armies were reported on June 30 to be getting ready to cross into Syria for the first time since war engulfed that country in 2011, and set up security buffer zones. Both are impelled to fight ISIS, oppose the Assad regime and anxious to stem the flow of refugees, but there are also differences in their objectives and it is not clear if they are coordinated.

Turkey has prepared 18,000 troops to carve out a buffer zone in northern Syria and use its air force to impose a no-fly zone against Syrian flights. Middle East sources report that the Jordanian army is also on the ready to cross into southern Syria. Jordan and Israel are reported to be planning joint air cover and the creation of a parallel no-fly zone in the south.

These preparations prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to pledge his support for the Assad regime .On Monday, June 29, Putin summoned Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem to his Kremlin office from a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to tell him that Russia’s "policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people remains unchanged."

Putin has repeatedly warned Western governments against military intervention in the Syrian war or any attempt to oust Bashar Assad, warning that if foreign troops go into Syria, Moscow will respond in kind.

The Russians have not spelled out what action is contemplated, but they have options: they maintain naval and marine forces in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions able to reach Syria at short notice. South Russian air force bases are also close enough to interfere with no-fly zones being setup over Syria.

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