Published on Feb 13, 2016
Turkey’s prime minister has insinuated that Ankara will take action if the Syrian army liberates the strategic town of A’zaz in the province of Aleppo from foreign-backed militants. In response to a reporter asking him whether Ankara will step up action in the event of the capture of A’zaz, Ahmet Davutoglu said wait for the next few days and you will have the answer. He made the comment while addressing reporters en route to Turkey from the Netherlands. He also noted that he had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the need to end Russia’s air strikes in Syria, claiming it would help stop the flow of Syrian refugees to Turkey and Europe. Davutoglu’s remarks come as the Syrian army forces, backed by the Russian air force, are making fresh gains against terrorists in the province of Aleppo. The advance is part of a broader government offensive against anti-Damascus militants.