1 / 11 Turkish ambulance crew members are seen with the wounded after a car bomb explosion near the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, November 12, 2019.
AFP photo Turkish ambulances have been deployed to Syria and Iraq to help fight against IS militants after a new wave of deaths in the war-torn country emerged.
On Tuesday, the Turkish armed forces deployed about 2,000 military personnel to Syria to support the Kurdish-led Kurdish-majority government, which is battling IS militants.
Turkey’s defense ministry said its forces also sent a total of 1,000 personnel to Iraq in the first days of the war to bolster Kurdish forces in their battle against the militant group.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said last month the country has sent more than 2,500 troops to Syria since the start of the conflict.
“This is a very good start,” Davutuzoglu told CNN on Tuesday.
“We have sent more and more soldiers to Iraq.
They have been sending more and faster than the others, and we are not waiting for the UN or the UN Security Council to send us more.
We are sending soldiers now to Syria.”
The move has angered many in Turkey, who accuse Davutucos government of being slow to deploy soldiers to the country, where many of its own citizens have been killed in Syria’s civil war.
Turkey has been a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting against IS in his own country since 2011.
Ankara has repeatedly accused the Syrian government of using Turkey as a base for the terrorist group.
Turkey also has been one of the main sponsors of the anti-IS anti-terror coalition, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, which Ankara supports with air strikes.