Thursday, January 18, 2018

Syria warns it may shoot down Turkish planes attacking Kurds within Syrian airspace

Syria warns it may shoot down Turkish planes
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad affirmed on Thursday that Syria will confront any Turkish aggression or military action against its territory with appropriate response.

“We warn the Turkish leadership that in the event of initiating hostilities in the area of Afrin, this will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish army on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic’s territories in accordance with the international law known to the Turkish side,” Mikdad said in a statement read to journalists at the Ministry HQ.

“We note that the Syrian Air Defense has regained its full strength and is ready to destroy the Turkish air targets in the skies of the Syrian Arab Republic. This means that in the event of Turkish airstrikes on Syria, the Turkish side should realize that it is not going in a picnic,” he added.

“I confirm and hope that the Turkish side will listen well and I also hope that this message will be clear to all whom this may concern that Afrin in particular and the northern and northeastern region of the Syrian Arab Republic has always been a Syrian Arab territory as it will always be,” Mikdad noted.




  1. Damascus: Syrian Air Defense Ready to Destroy Turkish Aviation If They Attack...

    Syrian authorities warned Turkey against taking hostile action in Afrin in Aleppo province, stressing that Damascus will consider it an act of aggression and undermine the country's sovereignty.
    "We warn the Turkish leadership that if they initiate combat operations in the Afrin area, that will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish army," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad told reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

    The statement was made after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara would intervene in Syria's Afrin and Manbij, citing the threat posed by the Kurdish militants to the integrity of the Syrian border. He has also outlined the country's position towards Syrian government forces in Idlib, adding that their advance should be stopped.

    It also came as Ankara announced that Turkey is ready “at any moment” to start an operation in a besieged border area of Syria.

  2. The Turkish Chief of General Staff, General Hulusi Akar, traveled to Moscow, Thursday, to meet with his Russian counterpart, General Valeri Gerasimov.

    According to Turkish state media, General Akar met with his Russian counterpart to discuss the current situation in Syria and the possible military operation in the Afrin Canton of Aleppo.

  3. The Syrian government warned Turkey against launching a bombing campaign in the Syrian province of Afrin, saying its air defenses may be used...

    Ankara had threatened airstrikes against Afrin-based Kurdish

    “We warn the Turkish leadership that if they initiate combat operations in the Afrin area, that will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish Army,” Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad said in a statement reported by state media.

    "The Syrian air defenses have restored their full force and they are ready to destroy Turkish aviation targets in Syrian Arab Republic skies," it added.

  4. Alors qu’Ankara laisse entendre qu’une intervention turque dans la région kurde d’Afrin est imminente, Damas a promis que ce geste sera considéré comme une agression.
    Damas a mis en garde jeudi Ankara contre la tentation de lancer une opération militaire dans la région sous contrôle kurde d'Afrin, dans le nord-ouest du pays.
    «Nous avertissons le pouvoir turc que s'il se lance dans des opérations de combat dans la région d'Afrin, cela sera considéré comme un acte d'agression de la part de l'armée turque», a déclaré le vice-ministre syrien des Affaires étrangères, Faiçal Mekdad, cité par Reuters.

  5. Syria has threatened to shoot down Turkish warplanes in its airspace, as Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave.
    Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said any incursion into Afrin would be considered an act of aggression.
    It came as Turkey sought clearance for an air campaign from the Syrian government's allies, Russia and Iran.
    Tanks are already massed on the border near Afrin, which is held by Kurdish fighters Turkey considers terrorists.
    Kurdish leaders have promised to defend the enclave and urged the international community to prevent Turkey targeting what they said were its one million residents.


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