Turkey says favours Syria ground operation with its allies

Turkish troops patrol along the Turkish border with Syria near the city of Sanliurfa on October 4, 2014Turkey is in favour of a ground operation into neighbouring Syria but only with its allies, a senior Turkish official said on Tuesday. “We want a ground operation with our international allies,” the official told reporters in Istanbul. Turkey sees the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as essential to end Syria’s five-year war and is highly critical of Iran and Russia over their support for the Damascus regime.

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