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70th Mechanised Infantry Brigade
Country  Turkey
Branch Turkish Army
Type Infantry
Role Syrian border protection
Size Unknown
Garrison/HQ Kızıltepe, Mardin Province
Commanders
Current
commander
Brig. Gen. Lokman Ali Yılmaz (November 2012)[1][2]

The 70th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Turkish language: 70. Mekanize Piyade Tugayı) is a brigade of the Turkish Army based in the Southeastern Anatolia Region at the town of Kızıltepe in Mardin Province.[3][4] It is part of the Army's 7th Corps based at Diyarbakir.

The brigade appears to be a descendent of the 70th Infantry Brigade, which in 1974, according to the reports of the British Defence Attache in Ankara, was based in Siirt and was part of 7th Corps. According to the same reports, at the time, 7th Corps comprised 70th Infantry Brigade alongside the 20th Mechanized Infantry Brigade at Urfa and the 16th Mechanized Infantry Brigade at Diyarbakır.[5]

The brigade in Kızıltepe is headquartered at the Selen Baracks and consists of the 8th Mechanized Infantry Regiment, which has three border battalions in İdil, Nusaybin and Şenyurt at the Syrian border. In March 1983, the battalions were deployed to Nusaybin, and then were stationed in the districts of Mardin Province with the headquarters in Midyat.

7th Corps subunits

circa 2010

  • 3rd Tactical Infantry Div (Yüksekova) [1]
    • 34th Border Bde (Şemdinli)
    • 16th Mechanized Bde (Diyarbakir)
    • 20th Armored Bde (Şanlıurfa)
    • 70th Mechanized Infantry Bde (Mardin) [2]
      • 8th Mechanized Infantry Regt (Kızıltepe)
    • 172nd Armored Bde (Silopi)
    • 2nd Motorized Infantry Bde
    • 6th Motorized Infantry Bde (Akçay)
    • 3rd Commando Bde (Siirt)
      • 107th Field Artillery Regt (Siverek)
    • Mountain and Commando Bde (Hakkari)

References

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