Sputnik — May 7, 2015
Prior to the June 7 general election, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) may resort to popularity stunts, including the launch of a military operation in Syria, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesman told Sputnik Radio.
“We believe that the ruling party, foreseeing its defeat in the upcoming elections, is ready for the most unexpected and dangerous provocations, which include plans to conduct a military operation in Syria,” Levent Gok said.
The aim of the move is to seek a postponement of the elections or to divert the public’s attention away from the existing problems in the country, the spokesman of the country’s main opposition party CHP stated.
“The issue of the possible deployment of troops in Syria is a constant topic of discussion. This scenario acquires terrifying reality as we approach the date of the election,” Gok said.
Earlier in the day, CHP Secretary General Gursel Tekin said in an interview with the newspaper Taraf that Turkey is poised to launch a military operation in Syria within a day or two, citing a “credible” source.
Tekin’s source in this instance, according to the opposition politician, was the same source that informed him of the Turkish operation in Syria earlier this year.
In late February, Turkish forces evacuated all the soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, along with artifacts, from the country’s exclave in Northern Syria over security concerns.
Though it was reported that the tomb was besieged by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group, the Turkish Army said it faced no resistance from any militants active in the area while approaching the site.
Opposition Source: Turkey to Launch Ground Incursion into Syria in Coming Hours
Fars News Agency — May 7, 2015
A senior official from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) disclosed that Turkish ground troops have been ordered by Ankara to cross the border with Syria in maximum two days from now, warning that the government’s reckless policies would drag Turkey into an intractable conflict.
CHP Deputy Chairman Gürsel Tekin told the Turkish-language Taraf daily on Thursday that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government will send Turkish ground forces to the Northern parts of Syria on Thursday or Friday night. The deputy’s statement implied that Turkey would set up a buffer zone, which it has previously pressed for in Syria.
Tekin said he obtained the critical information from a reliable source, who is assumed to be in the military, about the plans for intervention in Syria, Turkey’s Daily Zaman reported.