Turkish Prime Minister: Turkey Will Send Ground Troops to Syria only if US Targets Assad

‘Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week that Turkey was open to putting boots on the ground in Syria, but only if “we can be sure that our border can be protected,” to which he later added, “We don’t want the regime anymore against our border.”

Speaking to Amanpour, Davutoglu responded to the question of whether Turkish ground troops were the only “plausible” option to fighting the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. Considering the difficulties the Syrian army, led by President Bashar al-Assad, have faced given resistance from a number of other groups not officially affiliated with that jihadist sect, the need for ground troops–which President Obama has categorically refused to deploy–may fall on Turkey’s shoulders.’

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