In Turkey stated that they intend to establish a military base in Northern Syria
ANKARA, may 15 — RIA Novosti. The General staff of the Turkish armed forces plans to establish a military base in the town of al-Bab in Northern Syria, said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Weixi Kaynak.
Turkey’s army on August 24 last year launched operation “shield of the Euphrates” against the militants of the banned terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG), with the participation of the Syrian opposition took the border town Dzharablus in the North of Syria and al-Bab. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim stated at the end of March on its successful completion, adding that in case of threat to the security of the country for a possible new operation.
“We already have a base in the area Cabanela (on the border with Turkey and Syria — ed.). Our General staff is planning to establish a new military base in the area of the strategic height Akil West of al-Bab, where there were the most fierce battles with ISIS. The international community informed of this,” said Kaynak in an interview with the newspaper Hurriyet.
He added that the Turkish military presence in Syria after the end of the operation “shield of the Euphrates” has been reduced from 8 thousand to 1.5 thousand people.