Ankara has won backing from Syria over its tough stance on Kurdish rebels. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he supported the decisions taken by the Turkish government against what he called “terrorism”.
He told Turkish President Abdullah Gull during a visit to Ankara, that his country’s stance is a legitimate right.
Assad was reported to have said that the presence of US forces in Iraq was the source of terrorist activities there.
Commentators said opposition to a Kurdish state has pushed Turkey closer to Syria and Iran, much to the dismay of Washington.
The US considers Turkey to be a crucial NATO ally.