Can’t say exactly whether this makes war between Syria and Turkey more likely, but it is a definite escalation on the part of Turkey following the shoot down last week of their unarmed jet.
In southeastern Turkey, Turkish military convoys moved towards the Syrian frontier, reacting to Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean on Friday.
The build-up of defenses coincided with an escalation of violence in Syria itself and a growing sense of urgency in Western- and Arab-backed diplomatic efforts to forge a unity government and end 16 months of bloodshed.
After Syria on Friday shot down a Turkish warplane, which Ankara says was in international airspace over the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered his troops to treat any Syrian military element approaching the border as a military target.
He gave no details, but this could cover Syrian forces pursuing rebels towards the border, or patrolling helicopters or warplanes. Syria said at the weekend that it had killed several “terrorists” infiltrating from Turkey.
Read More at American Thinker. By Rick Moran.
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