Turkey denies that U.S. special forces are stationed on border
Turkish sources denied a claim made by British daily The Times stating that French and U.S. special forces were stationed at Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey for weeks. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did confirm on Wednesday, however, that Washington reached out to Turkey on humanitarian issues, in addition to biological and chemical weapons issues, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
"They're obviously concerned about the chemical and biological sites as well, so we've worked with them to do what we can to monitor that situation," Panetta said, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Panetta also confirmed that military planners from the U.S. were in Jordan to help the country deal with Syrian refugees, increase its military capabilities and prepare for any issues with Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons.
"We have been working with Jordan for a period of time now ... on a number of the issues that have developed as a result of what's happened in Syria," Panetta said, according to Reuters.
One official said that troops moved back and forth to the Syrian border as part of their intelligence gathering and joint planning work.
President Barack Obama recently warned Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, that any attempts to use or deploy biological or chemical weapons would cross a red line that could provoke U.S. military action, Hurriyet Daily News reports.