Turkey adds troops, weapons on southeastern border with Syria

By REUTERS
September 8, 2013 19:55

HATAY, Turkey - Turkey has bolstered its defenses and deployed additional troops on its southeastern Syrian border in recent days as the United States tries to build international support for a military strike on Syria.

The reason for the additional security measures were not clear but Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said Turkey was ready to take part in any international coalition against Syria.

Ankara has been one of the biggest critics of President Bashar Assad's government and is openly supporting the rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian leader.

Asked on Sunday what Turkey's role would be in a potential coalition against Syria, Erdogan said: "Whether it would be as an opposing force or supplying forces to provide logistical support, all this would be determined by circumstances."


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