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Syria army moves on Jisr al-Shughour
1552: Turkish leaders have been ramping up the rhetoric. Earlier, Prime Minister Erdogan accused the Syrian government of committing atrocities and said he could no longer defend President Bashar al-Assad. He said he had spoken to Mr Assad in recent days and urged him to embrace reform, but the Syrian response had been inadequate.
1559: Meanwhile, al-Jazeera is quoting Turkish President Abdullah Gul as saying Turkey is "ready for all scenarios including military ones" to handle the Syrian crisis.
Mr Erdogan, who once said he would be a "brother" to President Assad, condemned the Assad regime's use of violence to put down protests as "savagery" and in a key move said he could support intervention by the United Nations.
The bloodshed has served to divide a new axis that was developing between Turkey, Syria and Iran, long feared by Washington and its western allies.
William Hague, the foreign secretary, this week accused Iran of providing equipment and technical advice to help Syria put down opposition protests.
Some refugees reported seeing men who had beards - unusual in Syria - and did not speak Arabic on the streets of Jisr al-Shughour, suggesting they might be Iranian.
Iran has denied the reports, but does not hide its continuing support for President Assad.
Mr Erdogan, however, demonstrated in a television interview he had finally lost patience with his former ally.
"I say this clearly and openly, from a humanitarian point of view, his brother (Maher) is not behaving in a humane manner," he said. "And he is chasing after savagery."
He said he could no longer support the regime at the United Nations, where Britain and other countries are hoping to propose a resolution condemning the regime.
Joshua Landis, a well-connected Syria analyst at the University of Oklahoma, said the new development had "ended" the Iran, Syria and Turkey relationship.
"Erdogan is letting Syria know it doesn't have a lot of time," Professor Landis said.
Originally posted by Fiberx
reply to post by kro32
I think much of it is fomented in order to combat Iran. No one wants a nuclear Iran. I can see an in and out invasion potential here. If Turkey enters Syria and heads for the Iranian border, that will be the go signal.
Originally posted by kro32
I think most of this tension going on is Obama's fault for being wishy washy in his support of Israel. He's wavering and other countries in the region keep taking little steps to see what they can get away with. I don't think there's gonna be a major war over there but I do expect some pretty heavy quick flare ups to happen unless Obama puts some serious effort into stabalizing that region.