Report: Turkey deploys troops on Syrian border (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 06.26.12, 23:24)
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Turkish daily says tanks, armored vehicles mobilized following
downing of Turkish fighter jet by Syrian army
Turkey has deployed a large number of tanks and other armored
vehicles to the Syrian border amid rising tensions with Damascus over
the downing of a Turkish fighter jet by the Syrian army, Turkish
newspaper Hurriyet reported Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad addressed his new government
and said his country was in a real state of war. He gave no sign of a
softer approach towards a pro-democracy revolt by ordering his newly
appointed government to direct all policies towards winning.
"We live in a real state of war from all angles," Assad told a
cabinet he appointed on Tuesday. "When we are in a war, all policies
and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this
Assad snubbed countries that have been calling for him to step aside,
saying the West "takes and never gives and this has been proven at
According to Hurriyet Daily, the Turkish deployment included 15
armored tanks in addition to long-distance guns and other military
vehicles. "The convoy was heavily guarded en route to the border
fearing an attack by Kurdish rebels," the report said.
The move comes hours after Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan
vowed to retaliate against Damascus over the downing of its fighter
Erdogan said that Turkey changes the rules of engagement with Syria
and branded its former ally as "a clear and imminent threat".
Russia urges restraint
Also Tuesday, Russia said Syria´s shooting down of the warplane
should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against
using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.
"It is important that what happened is not viewed as a provocation or
a premeditated action (by Syria)," Russia´s foreign ministry said in
a statement on its website.
Moscow reiterated calls for restraint, warning that any political
escalation would be "extremely dangerous" and threaten international
efforts to salvage a moribund six-point Syrian peace plan drawn up by
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
"Once again, we call on all sides to act exclusively in the interests
of such an agenda (the peace plan) and not to take steps that go
beyond its limits," the ministry said. AP and Reuters contributed to
this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/26/12)
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