Syrian Downing of Turkish Plane Adds to Strain on Both Regimes

Turkey and Syria will not go to war because of a downed Turkish warplane, but the incident will put new pressure on the Assad regime to relinquish authority, while Turkey’s credibility as a rising regional power will also be scrutinized.

Since the Syrians brought down the Turkish reconnaissance flight on Friday, the ruling AKP government has reacted with moderation. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “decisively take the necessary steps” once the incident is “fully brought to light.”

Categories: Al-Monitor