Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday that reports suggesting that some 15,000 militants from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — an umbrella term for dozens of armed groups fighting against both Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad and Islamist extremists — took shelter in Turkey are untrue. He also rejected another media report that claimed one of the leading figures of the FSA is currently in Turkey.
Bilgiç stated that both the Syrian regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have a power struggle over Aleppo and that it is possible to expect a massive influx of refugees to Turkey either from Aleppo or other parts of Syria. He brought up Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s similar remarks earlier this week warning that a “chain reaction” could force a large number of people to take refuge in Turkey. He declined to speculate on the possible numbers.
Çavuşoğlu, however, said on Tuesday that Turkey could face an influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees if Assad’s forces or ISIL militants advance around Aleppo. […]