"We are not interested in war, but we're not far from it either," Erdogan told a crowd in Istanbul on Friday.
"Those who attempt to test Turkey's deterrence, its decisiveness, its capacity; I say here they are making a fatal mistake," he warned.
The remarks came as the Turkish military
Ankara launched its military strikes on Syrian targets on Wednesday after mortar shells from the Syrian side of the border killed five civilians in Akcakale of Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa Province.
On Thursday, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action against Syria “when deemed right.”