70th Mechanised Infantry Brigade (Turkey)

The 70th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Turkish: 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.

70th Mechanised Infantry Brigade
Country Turkey
BranchTurkish Army
RoleSyrian border protection
Garrison/HQKızıltepe, Mardin Province
Brig. Gen. Lokman Ali Yılmaz (November 2012)[1][2]

The brigade appears to be a descendant 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

tr:Kemalettin Ekin previously commanded the corps many years ago.

On 8 August 2006, Hurriyet reported that a new tactical border Infantry Division was being established; a decision had been taken to form the 3rd Tactical Infantry Division in the district of Yuksekova. Hurriyat noted that Hakkari is already the home to the Mountain Warfare Commando Brigade, the Provincial Gendarmerie Regimental Headquarters, the Yuksekova Brigade, the Semdinli Tactical Regimental Headquarters and the Cukurca Tactical Regimental Headquarters, and so it said that important changes were being undertaken at the headquarters in order to ensure that the units worked more effectively and with better coordination.[6] Command of this newly formed division has been given to Maj Gen Yurdaer Olcan.

Units circa 2010:


  1. "Şehit Astsubay Memleketine Uğurlandı". Mardinimiz (in Turkish). 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  2. "Sample project for young people in Mardin Police Department". Haber Monitor. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  3. Yurteri, Kemal (2002-12-25). "10 bin asker kışı dağda geçirecek". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  4. Unification of Culture and Tourism Ministries constitutional One soldier killed, three injured in terrorist attack Minister Cicek says Turkey's credit, Turkish Daily News, October 17, 2003.
  5. Appendix No.1 to Annex A to DA/48 dated 30 March 1974, via The National Archives, Kew
  6. Saygi Ozturk: "New Division Formed for Border", Hurryet in Turkish 8 August 2006, p.18.

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