Turkey vows retaliation against Syria

2012-06-26 14:00

Ankara - Turkey branded its former ally Syria "a clear and imminent threat", on Tuesday as its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vented his fury over the downing of a Turkish fighter jet.

In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to retaliate against the "heinous act" and promised a change of military attitude to any Syrian officer approaching the common border.

"The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament following the shooting down of F-4 Phantom jet on Friday. The two pilots are still missing.

Any risk posed by Syria on the Turkish border will be "considered a threat and treated as a military target", he said in a jam-packed room of lawmakers who frequently interrupted the address with applause.

Erdogan said his government would retaliate "with determination" and take what he called the "necessary steps by determining the time, place and method by itself".

The prime minister said Turkey's military jet violated the Syrian airspace for a short time and "by mistake" and repeated that it was unarmed, flying solo when it was shot down by Syria "without a single warning".

114 violations

"We did not receive a single warning note from Syria [regarding airspace violation]...They acted without warning. This is a hostile act," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said that Turkish airspace had been violated 114 times by military aircraft from different countries, including Syria, since 1 January 2012.

"Syrian helicopters violated our airspace five times. These were short-term violations," to which Turkey issued the necessary warnings, Erdogan noted.

"This latest development shows that the Assad regime has become a clear and imminent threat to the security of Turkey, as well as for its own people," he added.

Erdogan broke with former friend and ally Assad, whom he called "a bloody dictator", after unrest that erupted mid-March last year met a bloody response from Damascus, sending more than 33 000 refugees into Turkey.

"Turkey will support Syrian people in every way until they get rid of the bloody dictator and his gang," he said on Tuesday.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-06-26 14:15

    Come on take them already the sooner the better...innocent civilians are dying by that dic-tator.

      nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-06-26 14:28

      The two-faced cowardice of NATO is also exposed. They were only too keen to rush in and depose of Gaddaffi in Libya (quoting civilian protection as the pretext).. The real reasons being two-fold: Libya's oil; and to finally silence Gaddaffi and the Libyans on what really happened re the terrorist bombing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie.. Syria has no oil. Therefore NATO won't intervene. Thing is - they're also chicken of the Russians... They are a cowardly organisation - simply doing the dirty work of Big Oil and other multi-nationals - and using humanitarian "reasons" to intervene - but now - those same humanitarian reasons don't apply to the people of Syria. Obama - you're a soft-c#ck coward! As for Turkey - go in on your own. Then invoke the NATO charter - see if the cowards even honour their own charter......

      Tommy - 2012-06-26 14:33

      So what, according to your conspiracy, happened over Lockerbie. Oh, and Syria does have oil.

      nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-06-26 14:41

      Tommy - I don't know - all the world does know - is a lot has been covered up.. Al Megrahi was not alone - yet he was convicted as if he acted alone - and the case was silenced.. Ask the folks of Lockerbie - there are still many unanswered questions... As for Syria - she has no oil. Or very, very little. Not worth a war over - unlike Iraq and Libya. Those two states had stable governments (whether the West liked them or not) - they are now failed states after the two wars.. And - yes - the vermin Big Oil companies (Western companies) have all the oil contracts in Libya... Guess who's getting richer and richer... Even Ron Paul - the wise, ahead-of-his-time, Civil Libertarian - who should be the next US President if they knew what was good for them - even he has stated that the Libyan war was nothing but an excuse to intervene and secure their oil...

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-26 14:47

      The turks will attack syria but at their own leisure. These things take some planning.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-26 14:51

      Seemed to answer your own question/accusation Nick, Nato engaged in Libya under UN sercurity council authorisation and in Syria it has been blocked , not just military action but other tools at their disposal tool. You seem to condemn and advocate intervention , not sure what your point is other than to try substantiate a preconcieved hypothesis of grand conspiracy . If your putting these international organisations in a lose-lose positions and expecting a win then you'll eternally be aggreived.

      Greg - 2012-06-26 14:58

      The dictator is not the reason for the civilian deaths. There are terrorists in his country, and he is righfully protecting it. USA/NATO have funded and provided weapons to the terrorists aka, alC.I.Ada I guess overrunning a country under the guise of "democracy" really works in fooling the masses.

      Michele - 2012-06-26 15:05

      If only it were as simple as that. They don't want a regional war which is what will happen if the Turks had to take immediate action. Before you can get stuck in Assad must be isolated from his allies, namely hezbolla, the Iranians and make sure the Russians and Chinese stop their covert dealings with Syria. Only once that has been done will anything happen in Syria.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-26 15:29

      I love oil theory as motivation for military campaigns , its like the powerband product in that if the salesman tells you it , you believe and that belief rather than facts or evidence leading to the logical answer (a plastic band in no way improves performance). US buys their oil at market prices , mostly from the OPEC cartel who sets production and pricing agreements (on the whole they disagree and flaunt there own determinations anyway). Any disruptions will negatively effect the purchaser and positively effect the producers due to price increases , these being the rest of the world and opec countries respectively so if you looking for beneficiaries of these conflicts then Saudi Arabia/Russia & Iran should be topping the list (who have been known to ship arms to all and sundry). That is a much more plausible hypothesis than the US who at massive expense made decisions for military engagement. Another aspect of this is to not let the worst of dicatators be funded by oil money ,arm themselves and entrench their power grips over the people . The obvious evidence being the terrible state of the population when the country has vast oil reserves , and if those revenues were spent on the people it was to placate the public. In the last year of the 'arab spring' we saw this veil lifted as the public could see via the opening of communications to the rest of the world how these systems were working and the inherent injustice.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-26 20:26

      Nick.Armstrong.1800 You don't know what you are talking about ! Before the uprising in Libya, the West AND gaddafi were very happy together. As long as the West paid this prostitute gaddafi and his ever so corrupt evil scum sons, everybody was happy, and nobody was looking for a change. It were the Libyans themselves that demanded an end to 40 years of tyranny. Only, when this gaddafi terrorist send his army thugs, to murder his opposition, did they ask Nato to help them. The Libyans will be forever grateful to Nato, to get rid of these gaddafies. And this oil conspiracy is now sooo old and soooo booooring !!! The USA, did not take any Libyan oil pre abatoir, during gaddafi's visit to the abatoir and after he left the abatoir. NOT ONE DROP. The few European countries that took Libyan oil before the uprising, now take even less than before. The majority of Libyan oil now goes to China. While the West was helping the Libyans free themselves of 4 decades of tyranny, these slimy Chinese were already making sure, they would be the beneficiary of this war. And the American and European oil companies that are now in Libya, are there for their expertise, and mainly have Libyan workers, where as the Chinese oil companies, mainly use Chinese workers. If you enjoy conspiracies, go to RT, they got great conspiracy shows on every day!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-26 21:47

      Patrick, The 'thumbs up' is from me, as I feel sorry for you. Enjoy your evening. Shame !!!

  • Tommy - 2012-06-26 14:27

    i kill, I kill you.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-06-26 17:04

    Too crazies going at each other - erDOGan vrs ASSAD the Butcher of Damascus; get the popcorn ready...

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-27 05:37

      Wrong on so many levels Pat 1) That was not an insult to the Turkish PM - that was a complement, I adore dogs. 2) Turkey is not an Ally of Israel, at least not since Mays 2010’s terror flotilla; I believe Israel should support the moves to recognise the Armenian genocide and the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus. Take the gloves off! Better an open enemy than a treacherous 'ally' 3) I’m not a Jew. 4) I’m not a racist. 5) Lastly if there was ever a hypocrite on these talkbacks, you would take a close second, after your mate & co racists Fidel. I have read hundreds of your posts describing Jews, White South Africans, Europeans and Americans – so next time you look for a racist, take a good look in the mirror and punch as hard as you can.

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