Turkey reinforces Syria border, Davutoglu says no incursion planned

July 3, 2015 08:42

ISTANBUL - Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion.

Security sources and officials in the capital, Ankara, said the Turkish army had stepped up security, also sending in special forces, due to the heavy fighting.

Syrian insurgents led by Islamist groups began a major offensive for full control of the divided northern city, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday, a move which would be a major blow for President Bashar Assad.

"It's correct that we have taken precautions to protect our border. If there's any circumstance across the border that threatens Turkish security, orders to act have been given," Davutoglu told broadcaster Kanal 7.

"(But) no one should have the expectation that Turkey will enter Syria tomorrow or in the near term," he said.

Some media had speculated an imminent cross-border operation was being planned.

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