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Turkey reinforces forces in border areas with Syria

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ISTANBUL, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- A new Turkish military convoy reached the border regions with neighboring Syria on Friday beefing up tank-armed troops already deployed in these areas.

Official Anadolu news agency quoted military sources as saying the convoy crossed a Turkish-manned checkpoint and took up positions at locations between it and Bab Al-Hawa passageway farther south.

The force includes armored vehicles and military equipment.

Ankara has recently deployed tank-armed forces in norther Syria close to Idlib, considered one of the de-escalation zones in the country.

Turkey, Russia and Iran have recently agreed on monitoring four low-tension zones in Syria. The Turkish military troop build-up in the border areas also coincided with plans by the Kurds of neighboring Iraq to hold a referendum on separation from the Baghdad leadership, paving way for declaration of the Kurds' aspired independent state, which Ankara vehemently rejects. (end) ta.rk

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Turkey reinforces forces in border areas with Syria

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