ISTANBUL, March 27 Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu said on Thursday the posting on YouTube of a recording
of top officials discussing possible military operations in
Syria constituted a declaration of war against Turkey.
Davutoglu, one of the officials involved in the
conversation, did not name the target of his accusation. But
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, facing key local polls on Sunday,
says he has been the target of an internet defamation campaign
by a U.S.-based Islamic cleric who seeks to topple him and
The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies that accusation.
"A cyber attack has been carried out against the Turkish
Republic, our state and our valued nation. This is a clear
declaration of war against the Turkish state and our nation,"
Davutoglu told reporters in Konya.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; editing by Ralph Boulton)