Turkey warns Syria that any troops approaching border will be ‘treated as a military target’


From the AP:  Turkey’s prime minister, responding to the downing of a Turkish jet by Syrian forces, said Tuesday that Turkish military will respond to any future violation of its border by Syrian military elements.

"The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria by posing a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target. . . ."

"No one should be deceived by our cold blooded stance," Erdogan said. "Our acting with common sense should not be perceived as a weakness. . . ." 

Erdogan said as much as Turkey’s friendship is valuable, Turkey’s "wrath is as much violent and crushing."

He said: "we will continue to be a burning torment for circles who have adopted a hostile attitude toward Turkey."  (photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters)

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