In an interview with Kanal 7, Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed that Turkey has added more troops to the border with Syria, but insisted there are “no immediate plans” to launch an invasion of the nation, despite recent reports to the contrary.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan has been issuing statements recently condemning Kurdish gains against ISIS along the Turkish border, and Turkish media outlets had been reporting that Turkey was planning to invade and carve out a “secure zone” for refugees from former Kurdish territory.
Davutoglu said there was no present risk to their border, and that it would be inappropriate to launch a unilateral move right now, but did concede that there had been recent talk about the possibility of establishing the “secure zone.”
Turkey had been proposing the secure zone for years as a way to deal with the huge number of refugees in southern Turkey coming from Syria. Recent Kurdish gains have added that as part of the push, citing the growing refugee Arab population from Kurdish-held territory.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump to Boost Exports of Lethal US Drones - March 20th, 2018
- Tests of Substance in Britain Poisoning Will Take Three Weeks - March 20th, 2018
- Iraq Approves Turkish Military Operations Against Border Kurds - March 20th, 2018
- Trump Praises Visiting Saudi Crown Prince, Focusing on Arms Sales - March 20th, 2018
- Cordial Talks Between Trump and Putin; Two Will Meet Soon - March 20th, 2018