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Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad has warned Turkey to “think twice” before participating in a probable U.S.-led operation in Syria, saying the regime would strike back in retaliation.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, al-Mekdad said Damascus would strike back at Turkey along with Israel and Jordan if they took part in an operation against his country.

“We believe that any attack against Syria will definitely result in chaos in the entire region, if not beyond,” he said. He also said the regime was seeking dialogue and reconciliation with the U.S., while calling called on the Congress, which is currently considering a military strike, to “exercise wisdom,” warning that any attack against Syria would have grave consequences in the entire region.

The deputy foreign minister confirmed that the regime had been supplied up to now with Russian arms. “We have been supplied until this minute with Russian arms to defend ourselves,” al-Mekdad said.

In Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated Sept. 4 that Turkey would take part in any international coalition against Syria, but stopped short of saying whether that would include military action.

“We have said that we are ready to take part in any kind of coalition and we perceive this as a coalition of volunteers,” Erdoğan said without elaborating, shortly before leaving for the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg.

September/04/2013

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Memory C Motsi

9/5/2013 11:01:49 AM

Russia will one day regret its outdated foreign policy (Cold War mentality). In her eyes,the triumph of democratic ideology is a slap in the face of Soviet vestige. Assad has used chemical weapons against compatriots(among them women and children). It is a crime against humanity and the international community must act.

Ken Alden

9/5/2013 7:18:49 AM

It makes one curious, why a serious newspaper like Wallstreet Journal, bothers with an Assad flunkey, maybe it was a slow day in the Newsroom or even a free lunch?

Chris Green

9/5/2013 1:14:12 AM

Underestimate the Turkish Armed Forces at your peril!

In A Flap

9/5/2013 12:37:37 AM

any strike on turkey would surely draw nato into the conflict

ilker avni

9/4/2013 8:17:37 PM

Talk is cheap and Arabs love to talk, exspecialy,before being bombed by Nato,Syria hasnt faced a modern day army like Turkey.If Turkey decides to invade Syria,then all hell will break loose with Iran,who has promised to back Assad all the way,maybe thats what Foreign minster Faisal al mekdad is trying to say.Assad is a war criminal and his frends are all ready distanceing themselfs away from him,the Americans say beyond reasonable dought Assad is guilty,The ICC is waiting for Assad.

ilker avni

9/4/2013 8:03:48 PM

Russian president Putin and Iran have both admitted that chemical weapons were used in Syria on civillians,John Kerry said America has proof and there is no dought Assad commited war crimes.

Tekion Particle

9/4/2013 6:18:15 PM

Hahaha, so comical, Syria will retaliate with what? Scuds? It is the last cry of every dictator "consequences, world war III, blah blah blah". You are neither strong enough nor important enough to cause anyone any trouble. Why did you let things get this far? Why did you feel the need to gas people? Because you thought no one would notice it.

Jim Phipps

9/4/2013 4:17:41 PM

So Syria feels lucky. Good luck with that comment. If they attack a NATO country, that will be the end game for Assad.

Joshua Bronxman

9/4/2013 3:52:01 PM

"Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad has warned Turkey to “think twice” before participating in a probable U.S.-led operation in Syria, saying the regime would strike back in retaliation. Turkey and Israel? Plus the US and who knows who else (NATO?). All at the same time! Oh, come on Mr. Deputy Foreign Minister. Show a little respect to those in the audience.

american american

9/4/2013 3:50:14 PM

turkey has already lost a plane and pilots and did nothing. they are like the weak child at school egging on a fight...no one should listen to them
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