Turkish Army to drill near Syria
The Turkish Army is set to conduct a military maneuver near the common border with Syria amid heightened tension in the southern neighbor, Press TV reported.
"Yildirim (Lightning)-2011 mobilization exercise, which is one of the planned exercises for the year 2011, will be performed in (the town of) Iskenderun, Hatay province between October 5-13," AFP reported, citing a statement issued by the Army on Tuesday.
Ankara says the drill helps test the system aiding the forces' mobilization as well as the efficiency of communication between the Armed Forces and the public institutions. Forty military vehicles and 730 stand-by personnel will participate in the exercise.
There were no immediate comments from Syria, which has often blamed the unrest, it has been facing since March, on the flow of arms from the Turkey.
The Syrian government has used force to crush opposition protests, which followed a wave of uprisings in other Arab countries. The UN says some 2,700 people have died since the start of the protests in March.