Turkish military makes preparations on border with northeast Syria
The Turkish army is increasing its border positions and making preparations to relocate a military post while also building watchtowers behind minefields in Mardin province near the Syrian border.
The Turkish army is increasing its border positions and making preparations to relocate a military post in the southeastern province of Mardin near the Syrian border, Mezopotamya news agency (MA) reported on Sunday.
The army has been building new watchtowers with cameras behind minefields near the border, MA also reported.
The authorities have also obliged citizens living in neighbourhoods close to the border who want to go out to their fields to leave their identity cards with the military, according to the news agency.
The preparations in Mardin (Mêrdîn)’s Nusaybin (Nisêbîn), Artuklu and Kızıltepe (Qoser) districts appear to be related to Turkey’s plans to launch a ground operation against Kurdish forces in North and East Syria.
Turkey has been targeting the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with airstrikes since late November.