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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


Turkey reinforces forces in border areas with Syria

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