Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu (C) waves on May 29, 2015 before an election rally in Kayseri, central Turkey, ahead of June 7 legislative elections. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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Turkey has said the release of images allegedly showing Turkish spy agency trucks carrying weapons into Syria early last year was an election ploy, with the prime minister denouncing what he called an "illegal action" against Turkey's interests.Local security forces in January 2014 searched trucks in southern Turkey near the Syrian border on suspicion that they were smuggling arms into Syria and found personnel of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) on board.Turkey said at the time that the vehicles were on a humanitarian mission to the Turkmen community in Syria. In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he could not comment fully because of "state secrecy," but said Turkey provided the Syrian people and the Free Syrian Army with assistance, without specifying whether the aid was of a military nature.Davutoglu told AFP that Turkey did not send aid unilaterally to Syria.
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