Ankara - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey could act against a “terrorist” organisation in northern Syria if it sees it as a threat, in a warning to Kurdish militants believed to be active in the region.
Erdogan's warning of possible intervention marked a new escalation in tensions between Turkey and its southern neigbour, which have been increasingly at odds since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to heed Ankara's calls to quit.
“We will not allow a terrorist group to establish camps in northern Syria and threaten Turkey,” Erdogan told a news conference before travelling to London.
“If there is a step which needs to be taken against the terrorist group, we will definitely take this step,” he said.
Turkey has in recent years carried out regular attacks against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in the mountains of northern Iraq. Recent reports say a PKK-linked group is now in control of towns in northern Syria near the Turkish border.