Turkey changing rules of engagement after Syria incident
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
June 26th, 2012
06:39 AM ET

Turkey changing rules of engagement after Syria incident

Turkey is changing its military rules of engagement and will now treat any military approach from Syria as a threat, CNN's Ivan Watson reports from Istanbul. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement Tuesday in a significant escalation of rhetoric after Syria shot down a Turkish plane last week.

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"The engagement rules for the Turkish armed forces have been changed from Syria if there are any military instruments or troops approach to the Turkish borders from the Syrian side in the form of a threat they will be perceived as military threats and will be acted accordingly from now on," Erdogan said.

Erdogan criticized Syria harshly on Tuesday saying: "Even if the plane was in their airspace for a few seconds, that is no excuse to attack."

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"It was clear that this plane was not an aggressive plane. Still it was shot down," Erdogan said, arguing that Syrians should be ashamed of the attack.

NATO condemned it "in the strongest terms," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the alliance met Tuesday at Turkey's request.

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  1. KH

    Erdogan criticized Syria harshly on Tuesday saying: "Even if the plane was in their airspace for a few seconds, that is no excuse to attack."

    So how long was the Su-24 in Turkey airspace again?

    November 25, 2015 at 12:00 am | Reply
  2. Spence

    Turkey jumps in which pulls in NATO. Russia piles in to protect Syria and so does China. Hell its WWIII

    June 27, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  3. common guy

    So it seems that if Syria screws up again with Turkish forces, turkey will make them regret it. Since Turkey is part of NATO, that will undoubtedly bring in American and British air power to attack Syria. I don't think we would send troops in, in fear of the Russians being there. Turkey would handle the rest. But it gets old with fighting in the Arab countries. Why not go face the real threats to us?

    June 27, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
  4. riki

    I wish luck to both sides 🙂

    June 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  5. packattack40

    I for one do not think American soldiers should die in Syria because a Turkish Pilot was stupid enough t fly 100 meters off the ground in Syrian Airspace and get himself shot down by an Artillery gun.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      I agree, packattak40.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  6. AlexShch

    What puzzles me is that was it an RF-4 or QF-4? (google for QF-4 who does not know)

    What are the names of two brave pilots who lost their lives?

    Why Turkish Government is too slow to offer condolences to their families or declare a day of mourning?

    ...or were there any families?

    June 26, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply

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