Turkish interior ministry: 500 Turks fighting in Syria

Foreign-backed militants operating in Syria (file photo)

TEHRAN (FNA)- A report by the Turkish Interior Ministry said over 500 Turks have gone to Syria to fight with the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, local Today’s Zaman reported Wednesday.

The newly-released report, based on the information from Turkish National Intelligence Organization and National Police Department, said more than 500 Turkish citizens have joined the forces of al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Xinhua reported.

At least 88 of them who joined the rebels have been confirmed dead in clashes between the rebels and Assad’s forces, the report added.

Turkey has been an outspoken supporter of the Syrian rebels and has kept its border open to them. But as more and more of its citizens are recruited by the rebels, Turkey is increasingly aware of the spillover risk from the Syrian conflict.

By Fars News Agency 

 

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