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Iran warns Turkey against military intervention in Syria: Al-Watan newspaper

Turkey received 'very strong warnings' in the past few hours from Syrian ally Iran in case Ankara launched a military strike against Damascus, a report revealed

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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers and supporters of his party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, February 1, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Syrian ally Iran has warned their common neighbour Turkey that it will meet a harsh response should Ankara carry out any strikes inside Syrian territory, a pro-Damascus daily reported on Monday.

"Any attack on Syrian territory will meet with a harsh response, and the Iranian-Syrian mutual defence agreement will be activated," the Al-Watan newspaper said.

"Turkey has received very strong warnings in the past few hours and the following message -- beware changing the rules of the game," the paper added.

Iran is the closest regional ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has also striven to keep good relations with Turkey even as the standoff over its controversial nuclear programme has deepened with other NATO member states.

Tehran has enjoyed close ties with Damascus since 1980 when the Syrian government took its side in its devastating eight-year war with now executed dictator Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad, and has signed a series of defence pacts, including in 2006 and 2008.

But Ankara has been a leading champion of the more than 16-month uprising against the Assad regime and has given refuge to large numbers of army defectors, who have formed the kernel of a rebel army, as well as tens of thousands of civilian refugees.

Al-Watan cited an "Arab diplomat" as accusing Turkey of seeking to use its fears about the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which already enjoys rear-bases in the far north of Iraq, as a pretext to intervene in Syria.

"Ankara is preparing an agreement with Washington to intervene militarily in the Syrian (crisis), using the Kurdish card as an excuse," the paper said.

"Turkey has agreed with the United States on a military intervention limited to the north of Syria, specifically the northern province of Aleppo, to pave the way for the creation of a safe haven guarded by the armed gangs."

Turkish newspapers have reported that some Kurdish-majority regions of northern Syria have been flying the flag of Syria's PKK ally, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in what they have said is a deal with the Assad family's government, which was a longtime backer of the Kurdish rebel group's insurgency in Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that it is a "given" that Turkish troops would pursue fleeing PKK militants inside Syria, warning that Ankara would not hesitate to strike "terrorists."

Turkey has sent a convoy of tanks, ground-to-air missile batteries and other weapons to the border with Syria to further bolster its forces, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

Turkey has repeatedly carried out air and ground operations against suspected PKK rear-bases in northern Iraq. Iran has also done so against suspected hideouts in the same area of PKK ally the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

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31-07-2012 07:56am
Iran warns Turkey against military intervention in Syria: Al-Watan newspaper
What's happening in Turkey is the fate of any nation with no sovereignty.
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02-08-2012 01:42pm
military intervention in Syria..
Erdogan replace Mubarak Western pupet.

30-07-2012 10:43pm
Turkey should also attack Iran
I hope turkey realises that iran is helping syrian allawite regime to slaughter sunnis. Where are the saudis?? Turkey should also build up on Iran's border as well. If iran thinks it wants to be adventurus then Pakistan's military should also feel adventurus at irans border. Pakistan will never ever allow iran to threaten saudi arabia or Turkey.
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A Pakistani
26-03-2013 05:00pm
Pakistan will support Turkey
Pakistan will support Turkey in any such conflict. Iran has always been an untrustworthy neighbour and Pakistani leaders have always been wary of the Iranians.
Henry Kissinger
21-08-2012 03:36pm
yes, yes, please kill each other!!
shia-sunni wars!!!
Alam khan
07-08-2012 04:59am
Get a life
Wat is wrong with you i think you have not being into school or have a little knolowge. Why do you bring sunni or shuya to it . The UAS izhreal using us Muslim to fight each other. I wish i could make you understand clearly because my English is weak i cant Wright more
01-08-2012 01:43pm
remember afghanstan
the USA and its allies have no intrest in removing dictators , dear mehmet, if they had , they would have not supported mobarak for 60 years , or put ghadafi to power, or supported the taliban, or lets not forget the hole kings from saudi to marroco, they have only one intrest to start sectarian violence, sunni against shia, turk against kurd, alevi against sunni, christan against muslim , i am an iranian , and i live under a dictatorship , same as assad is a dictator same as king of saudi, i wish we all have democracy but what is happing in syria ,, i cant be for the rebbels ,,,i remember afghanistan when the udssr intervened in afghanistan they did the same in turkemenistan , azeirbaijan, tajikestan ..but what did the USA do with the help of saudiarabia..they kicked out the udssr , but look at afghanistan now ...they are sects and warlords and they are fighting each other since 33 years,,on every men they come 4 women in some areas...i dont like assad ...but i wil never support anyth
01-08-2012 01:36pm
remember arghanistan
dear mehmet,

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