Report: Turkey deploys tanks on Syrian border; Assad says country in a ‘real state of war’

Local media reports at least 15 tanks deployed on border following the downing of a Turkish fighter jet.


Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday his country was in a real state of war and gave no sign of a softer approach towards a pro-democracy revolt by ordering his newly appointed government to direct all policies towards winning.

Turkey deployed at least 15 tanks and armored vehicles on its border with Syria, local media reported, amid a row over a downed Turkish fighter jet.

“We live in a real state of war from all angles,” Assad told a cabinet he appointed on Tuesday. “When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this war.”

Assad snubbed countries that have been calling for him to step aside, saying the West “takes and never gives and this has been proven at every stage.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Russia said Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.

It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft by Syrian air defenses, which gave a new international dimension to the worsening conflict in Syria.

Turkey’s NATO allies condemned Syria’s action as unacceptable but stopped short of threatening any military response. Turkey also plans to approach the U.N. Security Council.

“It is important that what happened is not viewed as a provocation or a premeditated action (by Syria),” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Moscow repeated its calls for restraint, warning that any political escalation would be “extremely dangerous” and threaten international efforts to salvage a moribund six-point Syrian peace plan drawn up by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

“Once again, we call on all sides to act exclusively in the interests of such an agenda (the peace plan) and not to take steps that go beyond its limits,” the ministry said.

“We believe that the best course of action is restraint and constructive interaction between the Turkish and Syrian sides in order to clarify all the circumstances of the incident.”

Syria provides Moscow with its firmest foothold in the Middle East, buys weapons from Russia worth billions of dollars, and hosts the Russian navy’s only permanent warm water port outside the former Soviet Union.

  1. #1 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/27/2012 - 9:34

    My heart and soul pour out to the Syrian people and to President Assad. Turkey has a lot of good people but their government is being controlled by Israel just as mine. May God give the Russian government strength and resolved to do the right thing by Syria so it does not end up like Libya.

  2. #2 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/27/2012 - 9:34

    Syria: TV station attacked, 7 staffers killed

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian officials are denouncing a raid on a pro-government Syrian TV station as a “massacre against the freedom of the press” and are holding it up as an example of rebel atrocities

    Syria: Attack on TV staff ‘worst massacre against journalism’ (PHOTOS)

    Published: 27 June, 2012 – Russia Today
    Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi put the responsibility for killing of seven TV staffers on the EU, Arab and International organizations. He called it “the worst massacre against journalism and the freedom of media.”

  3. #3 by NAeem on 06/27/2012 - 9:34

    Turkey don’t play in to the hand of the zionists you will never benefit from this transgression.

  4. #4 by bostonblah on 06/27/2012 - 9:34

    “TV station attacked, 7 staffers killed” ,we need a bunch of those here

  5. #5 by Isaac on 06/27/2012 - 9:34

    The people of Turkey do what their government tells them to do but in their heart they are against the Israel’s occupation o their government. The deeper the conflict in the Middle East the more chances are for those big puppets to fall appart.

  6. #6 by ruby22-kate on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    “The West takes and never gives…”

    Moving tanks to the border is a provocation, imo.

    Since the zionist jews took over Palestine there hasn’t been a single day of peace in the region.

    They have to go, as they have no ability to coexist in peace. Nato should put Tel Aviv in their crosshairs if there were any justice in our world.

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