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Turkish Troops Head to Syria Border as Options Weighed

Turkey sent busloads of troops to its border with Syria and considered military options as an Islamic State onslaught against Syrian Kurds drew Turkey deeper into its neighbor’s fighting.

Military chief General Necdet Ozel, flanked by top commanders, briefed the cabinet today, according to footage on the CNN-Turk television channel. Steps to protect the border and create a secure zone within Syria for refugees fleeing the violence were on the table, A Haber television said, without citing anyone. The government is drafting legislation that would extend its mandate to deploy troops abroad for military operations, Hurriyet newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.