Turkey armed forces are locating ground-to-air missile batteries to the Syrian border, in an attempt to boost its firepower as Syrian rebels seized several border posts and tightening the nosse on Assad.
Syrian border Turkey / NationalTurk – As fighting between the so-called Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to Syrian leader Assad continue to rage in Damascus and Aleppo, Syrian rebels were said to have taken control of three crossing points on the border with Turkey. Turkey is sheltering thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria.
A train convoy loaded with numerous batteries of ground-to-air missiles arrived in border procince of Mardin in southeastern Turkey and will be transferred to several army bases deployed on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkey deploys more weapons and missile batteries at Syria Turkey Border
TV footage showed at least five vehicles in the convoy were carrying air defence missiles, in the latest show of force by Syria’s one-time ally, which is now a fervent critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and a official sponsor of Free Syrian Army which Assad calls as terrorists.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Assad last month after the Syria downed a Turkish military jet. The act was initially blamed on Damascus and Asaad government. Turkey regardes Syria as a ‘ clear and imminent threat from that date on.
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Syria has in turn blamed Turkey of sheltering rebels and training and supplying militants fighting the Assad regime in a conflict that erupted in March 2011 and has now claimed at least 19,000 lives.
Syrian rebels were allegedly now in control of the Jarabulus, Bab al-Hawa and Al-Salama posts along the nearly 900-kilometre (560-mile) border with Turkey.