Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says

ANKARA/ISTANBUL -- A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900km border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.


Ankara has long been under pressure from its NATO allies to seal off the border with ISIS-controlled territory in Syria and is also concerned by the presence of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which controls most of its Syrian border.


"Construction will be completed within five months," the official told Reuters, declining to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media. He said winter conditions would be a challenge to the timetable, however.


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