Turkey deployed troops and weaponry to its border with Syria on Thursday. The move comes almost a week after Syrian forces downed a Turkish military jet, exacerbating tensions between the two countries.
On Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey had changed its rules of military engagement toward Syria. He warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that “every military element” approaching the border that could be a threat would be “treated as a military target.”
Turkey has repeatedly called on the Syrian president to step down, and the rising tensions indicate that its patience with Assad is thinning.
Assad is an Alawite, a branch of Shiite Islam that constitutes only 6 to 10 percent of the Syrian population. Ninety percent of Syria’s population is Sunni. Under the current regime, Syria is Iran’s most valuable regional ally, which is why it is striving to keep Assad in power. If Assad’s government falls, the Sunni majority will likely ally with Turkey, which is also predominantly Sunni. Turkey is already hosting 33,000 Syrian refugees, civilian opposition groups, and members of the Free Syrian Army, which is fighting against Assad’s regime.
Guided by a pivotal prophecy in Psalm 83, the Trumpet has long forecasted the future of these countries. As Shiite Iran rises, Syria, Turkey and other moderate Arab states will actually refuse to join its Islamist empire. Even though Iran has been successful in many of its recent power plays, it will fail to retain Syria as its key ally. Deployment of the Turkish armed forces along the border may prove to be a significant step toward the soon-coming alliance between Syria and Turkey.
I am guessing that troops etc have been on the border for a long time already, this downed jet is as good an excuse as any to put it into he public domain. Turkey the US and their allies can now claim to be an aggreived party..
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