- Turkey scrambles tanks to create ‘buffer zone’ on Syria border
by http://www.presstv.com/ , 29 June 2015
Amid talk of a potential Turkish military intervention in Syria, the Turkish military is deploying tanks to the common border to create a “military buffer zone” there.
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.
The planned buffer zone stretches 110 kilometers (68 miles) long and 28 kilometers (17 miles) wide between the southern Turkish towns of Karkamis and Oncupinar. The forces are deploying opposite the border town of Kobani, AFP said.
Turkish daily Yeni Safak said Turkey had undertaken the measure to block possible advances by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group and Kurdish groups.
Later on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired the regular National Security Council meeting amid speculations in the country’s media regarding a potential Turkish intervention in Syria, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying that a “necessary announcement” would be made after the session.