Turkey: No confidence in Syrian government
Protesters denounced Bashar al-Assad and Moammar Gadhafi during Sunday demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey.
August 29th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Turkey: No confidence in Syrian government

Syria's ferocious crackdown against demonstrators persisted on Monday, but its tough actions against civilians are shattering its once-close relations with neighboring Turkey.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said his country has "lost its confidence" in Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, the latest setback for the much-reviled Arab government.

Military and security forces Monday stormed the town of Sarmin, in northwestern Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group with a network of contacts across the country.

Five people died, including a child, and more than 60 people were wounded. Dozens of people have been arrested, they observatory said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't have much confidence in the Turkish government.
    How are their Armenian friends doing?

    August 29, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |

      How american indians or jewish ppl doin?How africans or Yangzhou doin?Can i count more? No1 is innocent wake up.When the time comes to a muslim country all become humanitarian.No1 talking about nazis,european countries who murdered 10million american indians.No no no such things happened.So called armenian genoside (our archieves telling no massacre only banishment and armenian gans anyway) is happened 100 years ago and there was a monarchy here.One sultan ordered a murder if genoside exist.What could Turkish ppl do?Another thing is 700 years old empire never did genoside but suddenly they deicide to kill?I tell you another genoside.Pkk terrorists killed 30.000 ppl in this country and world blame us for killing kurds which is not true at all.Anyway no word is enough to change on sided person's mind anyways.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Revere

    What a coincidence. I have no confidence in the United States government either. They endorse and reward bad behavior for everyone until you actually engage in the behavior then they sick the dogs on you. It's all a stupid game played by one very sick individual. Compulsive lying is treatable if you want help.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • o8sys

      Hey Mohammed Revere, Turkey exterminated 1.5Million Armenians. Islam has a poor track record.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Revere

      You're deflecting the crimes of our own country by pointing at another's? I don't give a rat's &$$ about Turkey, Libya, Armenia, or any other country but our own. We need to get our $#!T right before we report on what other's say.

      August 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    As to be expected, the Turks will do anything that the right-wing thugs in Washington tell them to, including condemning Bashar al Assad of Syria. In fact, the fact that these Turks blatantly refuse to grant the Kurds the independence that they deserve shows how little they care about right or wrong.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. rick

    Didn't Turkey launch multiple aircraft strikes against so called militant rebel terrorists during this past week. Turkey is now Obama's new lap I mean watch dog. Turkey is playing a dangerous game since they are land connected to Syria. If I was Turkey, I would rather have no confidence in Obama and the US government. Obama is responsible for many times the deaths of innocent people. Instead of freezing Assad's assets, we should freeze Obama's assets. Obama is proving he is a despotic unfit dictator. Obama attacked Libya, much like Saddam attacked Kuwait. Maybe we can ask Mexico to overthrow Obama.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |

      Beautifully put, rick. I totally agree.

      August 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • gokturk

      oh no the mighty Syrians might invade Turkey lol

      August 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Snakey Dragon

    @Rick: That's because the bald eagle is a reptile with wings.. How else would our country use it's talons? Just because Obama is a horse of a different color (or party) doesn't mean he's different.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Insensitive

    Gobble gobble gobble.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |

      Respect 2 others makes u a human otherwise there is no diffrence between you and an animal.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • gokturk

      hes gobbling on his boyfriends d**k

      August 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian Genius

    Re: the picture.

    Again with the shoes. What is it about the middle east and shoes?

    August 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Here Assad. Smell my foot.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ in Metro Houston

      I had wondered the same thing so I asked a guy I worked with who is from the Middle East.....he says that the LOWEST thing you can do to a person is to have them under your feet or shoes especially a man. That was the insult when that man threw his shoes at then President Bush. You'll notice that they seem to enjoy stomping on pictures or fallen statues over there as well.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    Turkey should be heed the saying "Be careful of who you get into bed with, because you don't know what you will wake up next to".

    August 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @ George Patton @ JIF

    We let countries get away with oppression, mass murders & ethnic cleansing. Only interfere where we stand to gain.

    The mass graves discovered in Kashmir, legacy of brutal Indian military rule which continues, the caged Palestinians, massacre in Serbrenica. Despots ruling in S.Arabia ( though at least they keep their people well fed & clothed), the likes of Mubarak we kept propped up for decades in Egypt etc., etc. Such trivia wouldn't bother us.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

      Very true, saywhat. It's too bad that most people are too ignorant to see that!

      August 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. o8sys

    Syria is a fascist dictatorship. Assad and the Alawites are simply Arab Nazi's. With partners like Ahmadinijad, just arm Hamas and Hezbollah and create a diversion while you kill Syrians.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rick

    @o8sys. That's good idea. Then, maybe, we can turn Syria into Lebanon for the next 40 years. Does anybody remember the results of Beruit in 1983.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stephen Daedalus

    While Assad could care less what the USA says, when a major regional partner makes these kinds of statements he loses face, confidence, and rebels gain both. Still, I find it hard to imagine the Syrian regime falling; they strike me as willing to kill anyone they need to survive, and they have the means. There won't be any NATO activity regarding them, so the people on the ground will continue to be massacred. What a terrible situation.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      @Stephen There won't be any NATO activity regarding them, so the people on the ground will continue to be massacred. What a terrible situation. << BS

      Just hide and watch , LOL

      September 2, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. The TRUTH

    Assad should be allowed to come to the U.S. He could be Obama's monkeyboy here, maybe his golf cady? We could use his $ to support the democrats welfare programs. At least he could sign up for welfare checks for the next 2 years. God help us.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy P

      We would love to have him here in CA. He seems to be a very nice person who cares for his people. We could use his $ to help the Unions control their people.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |