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.
"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."
"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.