Turkish military weighs 'buffer zone' against threat from Iraq, Syria: media

Reuters News
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Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:57 PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on Turkey's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

The government would weigh up the plans and decide whether such a move was necessary, Turkish television stations quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane as he returned from an official visit to Qatar.

A presidency official confirmed he had made such remarks but did not specify where along the border the zone might be established and gave no further details.

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(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Andrew Roche)