Turkey has no plans to send infantry to Syria as part of the “Shield of the Euphrates” operation, Sabah newspaper quoted the country’s National Defense Minister Fikri Isik as saying Sept.21.


Defense Minister Fikri Isik


“Turkey will fully support the Free Syrian Army within this operation. But there are no plans to involve the infantry of Turkish armed forces in these operations,” added Isik.


Earlier, Hurriyet newspaper reported citing a military source that Turkish armed forces are working out various plans to liberate Syria’s Al-Bab city from the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group.


Sending Turkish special forces and infantry to Syria is among those plans, said the newspaper.


On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo.


The operation was dubbed “Shield of the Euphrates.”


Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives. Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The IS, YPG and PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.