Why Turkey is holding back, for now, after Syria downed its jet | The Christian Science Monitor
By Scott Peterson
At an emergency summit today, NATO and Turkey denounced Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military jet four days ago but sought to calm fears of a broader escalation between the neighbors.
Syria’s shooting down of the jet was a deliberate and “heinous act” that has “changed” the rules of engagement for Turkish armed forces, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament today. Any Syrian military approach along their shared border will now be treated as a “threat” and a military target.
At a time when Turkey is hosting political and armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mr. Erdogan made clear that Turkey’s response was deliberate and calculated but warned that that should not be taken as a “sign of weakness.”
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