Turkey might launch offensive against Syria, report says

Monday, June 27, 2011
By Paul Martin

June 27, 2011

Turkish officials informed several western powers that Ankara might launch a military operation in northern Syria in an attempt to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath Party, Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyassah reported on Monday.

“Turkey informed Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leadership of the possibility that it would launch an offensive in… Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Latakia,” the daily quoted unnamed British officials as saying.

The daily also quoted a Lebanese diplomat in Ankara as saying that “Turkish officials fear the possibility of the Syrian army committing mistakes on its borders, which might oblige the Turkish army to cross the Syrian border.”

“The Turkish armed forces are on alert along the Syrian borders,” As-Seyassah added.

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