Syrian offensive in Jisr al-Shughur ruptures key Turkey ties
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had taken to calling his Syrian counterpart 'brother,' says he can no longer defend his ally – departing from a foreign policy of 'zero problems' with neighbors.
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Syria's offensive in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughur over the weekend has put major cracks in the regime's relationship with Turkey, a key ally that has absorbed thousands of civilians who have fled the violence.
The offensive, which came in retribution for what Syria said was the killing of 120 soldiers and security personnel last week, signals that the regime has given up even pretending to consider reforms in response to months of antigovernment protests, The New York Times reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the "barbarity" of the military unit believed to be leading the crackdown, which is led by President Bashar al-Assad's brother Maher. “After all that has happened, Turkey can no longer defend Syria,” Mr. Erdogan said on TV, according to The Washington Post.
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