TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants on Saturday banned Syrian identify cards in the town of Azaz in Northern Aleppo in a move widely seen as a prelude to the annexation of Northern Syria occupied territories to Turkey.
A local council, affiliated to the Turkish army, announced via a circular that people have to use newly-issued Turkish ID cards.
In the meantime, local sources reported that the council issued the circular at the order of Turkey’s intelligence service, adding that the Ankara forces had already warned that residents in Northern Syria will be punished if they use their Syrian identity cards.
Ankara has been attempting to annex a part of Northern Syria to its soil in the last 7 years via different measures that also includes bans on Syrian IDs.
In July, well-informed sources reported that the Ankara-backed forces made industrious efforts to issue Turkish identity cards for the residents of the occupied town of Afrin.
The sources further said that residents of Afrin referred as refugees in these identity cards, adding that but residents of Afrin were allowed to use their Syrian identity cards.
The sources went on to say that the Ankara forces embarked on erecting checkpoint at the entrances of Afrin to register identity details of Arabs and Kurds to issue new Turkish identity cards for them.
The Ankara forces threatened to burn the houses of all those who refused to cooperate with them in the new ID plan.
In the meantime, Spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy claimed that the Turkish forces will continue their presence in Afrin on a temporary basis.
Turkish Army Deploys More Troops at Border with Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army deployed more troops and military hardware to the border with Northern Syria on Saturday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara forces would soon conduct an assault against the Kurdish militias.
The Turkish army dispatched a long convoy of large heavy trucks carrying cannons and equipment along with a large number of soldiers to Kilis province at the border with Syria.
Erdogan has recently said that the army will kick off a large-scale operation on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River to purge the region of the Kurdish militias similar to the operation in Afrin.
The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported earlier this month that almost 3,000 Turkish soldiers were deployed in several border regions opposite the Syrian town of Tal Abyadh on the Eastern Banks of the Euphrates River.
It went on to say that the army further forwarded more military equipment near the border villages West of the Syrian town of Kobani in Aleppo province.
Hawar news said that the army’s artillery and mortar units pounded the villages of Ali Shar and al-Ziyarah near Kobani.