100,000 troops put on standby as Turkish army units are moving toward Syrian border on Monday.
Turkey is deploying more troops to the border, sending tanks, armored combat vehicles, more missile launchers and infantry troops, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.
Turkish local press reports said Monday that all units of the Turkish Land Forces’ 2nd Army Command have been put on standby.
Turkish troops may intervene at the Syrian border in a move to protect the large number of fleeing Syrians from an armed attack by regime forces, the Turkish foreign minister has said, calling on the United Nations and the international community to take up responsibility on their end.
“If tens of thousands attempt to flee Turkey and Syrian forces open fire on them, neither Turkey nor the whole world can remain silent to such a situation,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told Ankara newspaper bureau chiefs at a fast-breaking dinner late July 29.