The Turkish military will hold a military exercise near the border with Syria beginning Wednesday, in what is being interpreted as a warning to Syrian President Assad.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Turkish military said that the maneuvers will take place in the southern province of Hatay, beginning on October 5 and ending 8 days later. The exercise will involve the 39th mechanized infantry brigade and 730 reserve soldiers.
The drill appears to be timed to coincide with a planned visit by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refugee camps in the same area, where Syrian citizens who fled Assad's crackdown are living. Turkey has placed an arms embargo on Syria and Erdogan is expected to announce new sanctions while in Hatay.