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TEL AVIV – Turkey has warned Iran that it could stir trouble for the Iranian regime by supporting the street protests in the country, according to a Syrian government official speaking to WND.
Turkey delivered a message to Iran through Russia about Iran and Syria’s alleged support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which seeks autonomy for Turkey’s Kurdish citizens. Turkey is accusing Syria and Iran of arming and aiding the PKK in attacks against Turkish installations.
Turkey, on the other hand, has been widely accused of arming the opposition targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to reports, the Syrian opposition includes jihadists, many allied with al-Qaida.
Tehran last week was the site of street protests that resulted in thousands clashing with riot police as they chanted anti-government slogans. Shopkeepers closed their stores in protest after the Iranian currency, the rial, lost a quarter of its value in two days.
Tension between Turkey and Syria continued to mount yesterday as Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced a plane carrying civilians intercepted by Turkish fighter jets on its way from Moscow to Damascus was carrying equipment and ammunition destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry.
Syria issued fierce denials that anything illegal had been aboard the Airbus A320 passenger plane.
Earlier this week, Turkey and Syria traded artillery fire in a clash many fear could escalate into a full-blown military conflict.