Turkish govt seeks Syria military action, army ‘reluctant’
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Turkey’s government wants more active military action to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) against regime, Kurdish and jihadist forces in Syrian territory, but the military is reluctant to do so, official sources told the Hürriyet Daily News.
According to the HDN sources, who asked not to be named, the “active support” which Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu government has been seeking from the military ranges from long-range artillery fire (not only in retaliatory terms) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) positions in Syrian territory, to air operations and entering Syria with land forces to secure a strip along the Turkish border.
One source explained the “need” as to “prevent more clashes between the ISIL and the Kurdish forces led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), prevent the PYD from taking full control over the Turkish-Syrian border and create a safe zone against a new wave of refugees on Syrian territory, no longer in Turkey”.
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