Turkey Deploys Armored Vehicles to Syrian Border – Agency

Turkey Deploys Armored Vehicles to Syrian Border – Agency

Turkish military deployed more than 40 armored vehicles along with border of Syria, Anadolu Agency reported on Monday (January 15).

A military source who spoke under condition of anonymity told Anadolu agency that two dozen armored vehicles entered Reyhanli district of southeastern Hatay province.

Military jammer vehicles were also sent “for reinforcement reasons,” the sources added.

A convoy of 20 military vehicles including tanks also arrived in Viransehir district in Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey, Anadolu agency reported.

The convoy was sent from Mardin province for assistance to military units on the Syrian border, the sources added.

The deployment came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would continue to fight against terrorism along its southern borders. He is focused now on an operation in Afrin, which is controlled by the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

"In the coming days, God willing, we will continue with the Afrin [operation] -- that we started first with Euphrates Shield Operation -- to purge terrorism from our southern borders,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan on Monday also reaffirmed that the Turkish army was ready "at any moment" to launch an operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

Since December, Ankara has reinforced the southern border of Turkey through the Hatay district sending armored vehicles, tanks and howitzers into Syria, sources told Hurriyet Daily news.