Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses on February 1, 2011 lawmakers and supporters of his Justice and Development Party in Ankara. Erdogan urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 1 to meet his people's "desire for change." In his weekly speech to his party's lawmakers in parliament, Erdogan described his appeal to Mubarak as "very sincere advice, a very sincere warning." AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey said on Wednesday it was seeking to create a “safe line” inside Syria that would include the flashpoint northern town of Azaz near the Turkish border.

“We want to form a 10-kilometre (six-mile) safe line inside Syria, including Azaz,” Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan told A Haber television in an interview.

Turkey has long pressed for a safe zone, backed up by a no-fly zone, under the pretext of protecting its borders and providing protection for refugees on Syrian soil. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan

Akdogan did not elaborate on the dimensions of the proposed zone or how it could be created.

Alarmed by the advances of Syrian Kurdish forces in Aleppo province near the border, Ankara has in recent days bombed their positions, defying international calls for a halt to the strikes.

The fate of Azaz is of particular concern to Turkey, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu making clear Ankara will not allow Kurdish fighters to take it from Takfiri insrgents.

The Turkish shelling in northern Syria has troubled an already complicated situation in Aleppo province, where government forces have made significant advances with backing from Russian air strikes.

AFP

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#Sur #Silopi #Cizre
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#Sur #Silopi #Cizre

Erdoggy should build a fence around Ankara, because that’s where his buffer zone is going to start

Marianne آرزو
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Marianne آرزو

#Turkey does not rule #Syria! @Kurdi99Azadi99

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Syria, Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Iran and the EU on behalf of Greece… should demand a 10 km safe zone in Turkey. Turkey is an aggressor state that demands territory from many of its neighbors. 😀 p.s. Preferably including land in Istanbul and along all shores where Turkey allows trespassers to cross its borders. Giving the Hagia Sofia back to the Christians who build it.

Koh Soo Thiam
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Koh Soo Thiam

Why not 6 miles long in your own territory . a*****e

Christian Strijbos
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Christian Strijbos

If Turkey wants safe zone they only need to move Erdogan 6 miles into Syria

saman
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saman

Maybe in a dream

#Sur #Silopi #Cizre
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#Sur #Silopi #Cizre

check

Joe Pelosi
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Joe Pelosi

w*f is 6 miles going to do?

Severian
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Severian

Yea good luck with that. Russia is about to create a safe zone that glows in the dark inside Ankara

Charles Slagal
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Charles Slagal

About a 10 second warning!

Abid Sayed
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Abid Sayed

why inside Syria and not inside turkey???