S ource: Turkish Weekly
Turkey’s armed forces have been put in a state of high alert over increased tensions along the border with Syria, according to anonymous NATO sources.
“Events between Ankara and Damascus are developing according to a highly critical scenario,” said the source as quoted by ITAR-TASS.
The report adds that NATO’s headquarters have taken up standing consultations and analysis regarding the situation along the Turkish-Syrian border.
NATO has data that Turkey has deployed 25 additional F-16 figher jets in its air base in Diyarbakir near Syria.
“Turkey aims at the creation of a no-fly zone of the Syrian air force and civilian aviation over northern Syria,” adds the source.
The report further explains that the recent interception and grounding of a Syrian passenger aircraft in Turkey has to be interpreted in this light.
An exchange of fire between Turkey and Syria sprouted last week, following a spill-over of Syrian violence onto Turkish territory.