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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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Turkey says it won't be drawn into Syria conflict

Erdogan insists Syria is trying to drag Turkey into conflict; vows his country will not take part in 'bloody quagmire,' but clarifies that 'those who attack Turkey will be held to account'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey will not fall for a "dirty scenario" and be dragged into the conflict with Syria.


Erdogan was speaking a day after twin car bombs ripped through the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, killing 46 people – an attack that Turkish officials blamed on fighters with links to Assad's administration.


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The Turkish prime minister added "we have to maintain our extreme cool-bloodedness in the face of efforts and provocations to drag us into the bloody quagmire in Syria."

דבוטאולו. "הגיע הזמן שהעולם יפעל" (צילום: AFP)

Davutoglu (Photo: AFP)


"Those who attack Turkey will be held to account sooner or later," he added.


According to officials, nine Turkish citizens believed to be linked to the Syrian intelligence agency, have been detained in connection with the bombings


Earlier Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was time for the international community to take action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, with the security risks in Turkey and Syria's other neighbors mounting.


Syria on rejected Turkey's allegations that it was behind two car bombs in Turkey.


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