Furious Turkey mobilizes tanks, troops to Syrian border
Erdogan slams ‘murderous’ Assad, warns Damascus that rules of engagement have changed following downing of its jet
By ILAN BEN ZION and HILLARY ZAKEN
June 26, 2012
The Turkish military mobilized large numbers of reinforcements from its eastern provinces to the Syrian border on Tuesday, amid rising tension with Damascus, after the downing by Syria of a Turkish Air Force jet on Friday, Turkish media reported.
Large numbers of Turkish troops — including at least 15 long-range artillery pieces and tanks – moved to the Syrian frontier from the eastern city of Diyarbakir. A video published by the Turkish Cihan News Agency showed Turkish tanks being transported by carrier trucks toward the frontier.