Top Turkish military council reviews preparedness for war
Top Turkish military council has said it reviewed Turkish military's preparedness for war following a key meeting, Today's Zaman reported.
A statement released by General Staff in its web-site on Thursday said Supreme Military Council (YAS) discussed activities of Turkish military in domestic and border security, adding that it reviewed Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) preparedness for war.
The statement didn't elaborate threats Turkey face and said it assessed Turkish army's needs and necessary steps to address these requirements to this end.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview two weeks ago that Turkey does not want to consider a military option for intervention in neighboring Syria as Damascus cracks down on popular protest, but it is ready for any scenario.
Davutoglu also said the international community may decide a buffer zone is needed in Syria if hundreds of thousands of people try to flee the violence there.
Syria is facing growing economic sanctions and condemnation over what the United Nations calls "gross human rights violations", but President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of buckling under pressure to end his military crackdown on protesters calling for his overthrow. UN said this week that death toll is more than 5,000.
"If the oppression continues, Turkey is ready for any scenario. We hope that a military intervention will never be necessary. The Syrian regime has to find a way of making peace with its own people," Davutoglu then said.