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July 31, 2012 4:00 am

Turkey Bolsters Forces Along Syrian Border

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General Necdet Özel, Chief of Defense in Ankara, with members of Turkey's armed forces. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – The Turkish military sent troops, armored personnel carriers and missile batteries to the Syrian border on Monday, shoring up defenses against a country that has plunged into turmoil with some serious potential repercussions for Turkey.

In the past few weeks, as Syria’s government has struggled against an inchoate but spirited rebel army, chunks of Syria have fallen into the hands of Kurdish militias, while at least one area along Turkey’s border is now controlled by jihadist groups dominated by heavily armed foreign fighters.

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