Ready for war: Turkey tanks and battleships at ready over Syria threat
War edged closer last night as Turkey lined up warships and tanks against neighbouring Syria.
Turkish forces were on yellow alert, one step away from military engagement, as naval destroyers moved in to protect their Mediterranean coast and a brigade of tanks rolled up to the 560-mile Syrian border.
The desperate military escalation came as the Turkish government warned it will smash President Assad’s forces if they dare to bombard towns north of their boundary again.
Syrian refugees fled for Turkey. And the UN stood reeling from the Turkish Prime Minister’s accusations of inaction against Syria’s shelling.
His artillery has hit back a dozen times in the past two weeks, killing 12 Syrian troops but fears are growing that fresh cross-border shelling will lead to war.