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Turkey’s Army on War Alert over Syria – Report

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.

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