Turkey tank drills on Syria border seen as warning to Kurds

By REUTERS
August 2, 2012 12:14

 
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ISTANBUL- The Turkish military held tank exercises on the Syrian border on Thursday, Dogan news agency said, in a show of force apparently aimed at Syrian Kurds linked to separatist guerrillas in Turkey who are said to control areas on the Syrian side.

Turkey has sent armor and missile batteries to areas bordering Kurdish parts of northern Syria, where opposition groups say President Bashar Assad's forces have ceded territory to a group allied to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

There has been no indication Turkish troops would cross the border, but NATO-member Turkey has warned any attack emanating from a PKK presence in northern Syria could give it reason to intervene. Ankara has repeatedly bombed and sent troops into parts of Kurdish-run northern Iraq where the PKK has camps.

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