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Turkey will not send ground troops into Syria, says PM
NATO calls emergency meeting; dozens more arrested in sweep against Islamic State, Kurdish militants
Published :Tuesday, 28 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9
ISTANBUL, July 27 : Turkey will not send ground troops into neighbouring Syria where it has been bombing Islamic State positions, a campaign that could "change the balance" in the region, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday.
"We will not send ground forces," Davutoglu told a group of Turkish newspaper editors according to the Hurriyet daily.
"We do not want to see Daesh on our border," Davutoglu said using an Arabic acronym for the IS jihadists, the Hurriyet daily quoted him as saying.
Turkey has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" cross-border offensive against jihadists and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants after a wave of violence in the country, pounding their positions with air strikes and artillery.
Meanwhile, NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss security at the request of Turkey after last week's suicide bombing there and Turkish security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants.
NATO said in a statement on Sunday that the North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO allies, would meet following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty.
Another report says, Turkish police detained dozens more suspected Islamic State and Kurdish militants in early morning raids on Monday, local media said, amid a crackdown on the armed groups and air strikes in Syria and Iraq. Some 500 police swept through the Haci Bayram district of the capital Ankara and detained 15 Islamic State suspects, 11 of them foreign, the pro-government Yeni Safak daily said.     ?Agencies










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