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Closing border with Syria not best choice for Turkey in fighting terrorism (exclusive)

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Date: 12 January 2016 22:07

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 12

By Orhan Quluzade – Trend:

Closure of the border with Syria is not the best way for Turkey to fight terrorism, Armagan Kuloglu, a retired Turkish major general, told Trend in an exclusive interview Jan. 12.

An explosion at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul on Jan. 12 killed 10 and injured 15 people. It was reported that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the central mosque when tourists were passing by.

On Jan. 12, after the terrorist attack in Istanbul, several Turkish media outlets reported that Ankara can close the border with Syria for security purposes. Authorities have so far made no comments on these reports.

Kuloglu said that currently there are Turkish citizens who have close ties with terrorists in Syria and previously were trained in terrorist camps, adding that they can organize attacks in Turkey.

Therefore, Kuloglu believes that the closure of the border with Syria will not solve problems of terrorism in Turkey.

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