News ID: 1622
Published: 0636 GMT September 16, 2014

Turkey mulls 'buffer zone' against ISIL

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey's military is working on plans to establish a "buffer zone" against ISIL terrorists, on the country's borders with Iraq and Syria, Turkish media reports said Tuesday.

Asked about the possibility of a buffer zone on Turkey's southern borders, Hurriyet newspaper and other media quoted Erdogan as saying: "The armed forces are working [on plans]. They will bring them to us. We will decide if it is necessary."

Erdogan did not say which side of the borders any buffer zone would be established or what it would entail.

NATO member Turkey has not committed to an alliance coalition announced this month to take on the ISIL group – which is holding 49 Turks, including diplomats, hostage. It has told allies that it will stay quietly behind the scenes.

Erdogan also told reporters that Turkey could provide refuge to Muslim Brotherhood leaders now being forced to leave Qatar.

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