Turkey ready for war with Syria: Turkish FM
7 October 2011
In case of necessity Turkey is prepared to break out war with Syria, said Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, newspaper Timeturk reported.
Turkey is an independent state and makes by itself all decisions connected with the region, Davutoglu underscored.
According to Davutoglu, some countries say Turkey is acting in an agreement with the West, but it is wrong.
The Turkish armed forces are holding exercises in the Hatay area bordering Syria.
The exercises to end on Oct. 13 involve 730 military and 40 military vehicles.
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly concentrated the security forces in regions bordering Turkey due to exodus of the Syrians back after the riots. Syrian units, including tanks, were approaching the boundary line at a distance of 500 meters.
Some in Turkey argue that the Syrian troops conducted an operation in the border area to capture soldiers and deserters, trying to break in Turkey.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry earlier expressed concern in connection with Syria’s military operations near the border and warned about the dangers of the Syrian side of such actions.
Meanwhile, the total number of Syrian nationals who fled to Turkey reached 7,605. They are housed in five camps under the administration of the Turkish Red Crescent.