Turkey and Syria close to war
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday that Turkey and Syria were close to war.
The statement came after parliament permitted Turkish forces to cross the border if necessary after Syrian shelling had killed five Turkish civilians in a Turkish border town.
In a statement published in the Hurriyet Daily news the prime minister said “We are not war-lovers, but we are not far from war either. The saying goes: ‘prepare for war if you wish for peace.’ So war becomes the key for peace.”
Since parliament’s decision Turkish forces have used artillery to pound Syrian strongpoints close to the border; a number of Syrian soldiers are believed to have been killed. In other reports the Syrian government is believed to have told their air force not to fly within six miles of the Turkish border. If this is true then it will have created an effective buffer zone for Syrian civilians fleeing the conflict.