Press TV – Oct 12, 2012
Turkey has deployed 250 tanks along its southern border with Syria amid rising tensions with the Damascus government over the past few days.
Also on October 5, Erdogan said Ankara was not far from war with Syria due to the cross-border attacks.
“We are not interested in war, but we’re not far from it either.”
“Those who attempt to test Turkey’s deterrence, its decisiveness, its capacity; I say here they are making a fatal mistake,” he warned.
On October 4, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action against Syria “when deemed right.”
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Turkey — along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar — of backing a deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel.