BELGRADE – Turkey has called on the US and other members of the international coalition in Syria to join in a ground offensive and “stop this war”, Independent reports.

Turkish Army - Illustration - Image: YouTube
Turkish Army – Illustration – Image: YouTube

Speaking amid speculation that Turkey was preparing troops to enter Syria from the north over the weekend, Ankara said it refused to take action on its own.

But an official briefing reporters in Istanbul said “we want a ground operation”, adding that “if there is a consensus, Turkey will take part”.

A senior Iranian air force commander says Iran is prepared to defend Syria’s airspace if Damascus calls for it, PressTV reports.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, made the remarks during an interview with the Tasnim news agency on Sunday.

After praising the government and people of the Arab country for their five-year battle against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorism, he stressed that any military presence in Syria without the approval of Damascus would end in nothing but “defeat.”