Turkish military suspends leave for members in critical regions
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 26, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 26, 2015 12:00 am
The Turkish military has reportedly suspended leave for its members serving in the second and third army fields headquartered in the east, as well as all anti-terror units in the western part of the country.
The army also reportedly ordered that all personnel who are currently on leave go back to their units as soon as possible if they are serving in the aforementioned troops.
Turkey has stepped up efforts against terrorism following a suspected ISIS bomb attack carried out on Monday in the country's southeastern Şanlıurfa province which killed 32 people and injured dozens.
Two policemen were killed in retaliation on Wednesday, for which the outlawed PKK organization claimed responsibility.
On Thursday, gunfire from Syria killed a Turkish military officer and injured two troops in southern Kilis province, prompting Turkish forces to return fire.
Since then, Turkey has initiated a nationwide anti-terror operation, detaining many suspected of having ties with the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) as well as the outlawed PKK organization.
Turkish Air Forces has been also carrying airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and the ISIS militants in northern Syria.
The Second Army of the Turkish Military, headquartered in Malatya, protects Anatolia and patrols the border with Syria, Iraq and Iran, whereas the Third Army, -the country's largest army,- patrols the borders with Armenia and Georgia.