What were rumors yesterday are becoming fact today, i.e., there are now credible reports of military alerts and mobilizations in Saudi Arabia and Israel while the Turkish military continues to buildup forces on its border with Syria. While most believe that Turkey is not going to directly retaliate for last week's downing of a Turkish jet by Syria, actions speak louder than words. Also note this latest Breaking News tweet concerning the situation:
Turkey's security council says will respond to Syria's 'hostile' downing of jet with determination and within international law -What does that mean?
Here's some key stories from today worth reading:
CBS: Turkey sends heavy weapons to Syria border
(AP) ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria, state television reported on Thursday, days after the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces heightened the tensions between the two countries.
A small convoy of military trucks, towing anti-aircraft guns, entered into a military outpost in the border village of Guvecci, which faces a Syrian military outpost across the border and where Syrian forces and rebels clashed in recent months, TRT television footage showed.
Several anti-aircraft guns have also been deployed elsewhere alongside the border. Some trucks were seen carrying self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, TRT footage showed.
Arutz: Turkey Placing Aircraft on Syrian Frontier
Turkey confirmed reports Wednesday that it is deploying troops, including fighter jets and anti-aircraft guns, along its border with Syria.
“I can confirm there are troops being deployed along the border in Hatay province. Turkey is taking precautions after its jet was shot down,” an official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
The troop deployments come amid rising tensions between Ankara and Damascus following the downing of a Turkish F-4 Phantom jet by Syria over the Mediterranean last week.
PressTV: Saudi military on state of high alert on king's order
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert due to what he calls a 'turbulent situation' in the region.
King Abdullah issued the order in a "top secret" letter addressed to the kingdom’s security and intelligence chiefs as well as the ministers of defense and interior.
A copy of the letter, dated June 27, 2012, has been obtained by Press TV.
The decree, calling for preparation against “foreign or terrorist attacks,” warns the Saudi security forces against any negligence in following the order.