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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Turkey-Syria at war? Shelling resumes at Turkish-Syrian border

The Turkish military reportedly fired at Syria on Saturday morning in response to a mortar from Syria landing near a Turkish farm. If follows a similar incident on Friday.
The exchange occurred near the village of Guvecci in Hatay province, according to Turkey's Anadolu Agency.
Earlier on Friday afternoon a mortar shell fell near the town of Yayladagi, some 50 meters away from the Syrian border. The Turkish army immediately “fired back at targets” within Syria, Turkish media report quoting officials.
No injuries were reported in Turkey from either incident.
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The UN Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” Syria’s shelling of the Turkish town of Akcakale, but called for restraint from both Ankara and Damascus. Earlier, Turkey authorized cross-border incursions into Syria ‘when necessary.’
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Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Ali Babacan, left-from the back, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, second right, and Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, right, speak at the parliament during a debate on Turkey-Syria relations, in Ankara.(AFP Photo / Adem Altan)04.10, 15:53167 comments

Turkish parliament authorizes cross-border military operations in Syria

Turkey’s parliament has authorized cross-border military operations into Syria ‘when necessary.’ The move follows a cross-border mortar-shelling into Turkey which Damascus has apologized for.
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Turkey to consider further military action after shelling of Syria begins

Turkey’s military continues to shell Syria while the government awaits parliamentary approval for military operations on its neighbor’s territory after five Turkish civilians were allegedly killed by casual fire from Syria.
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The meeting of the North Atlantic Council of NATO. (Reuters / Jason Reed)04.10, 02:4296 comments

NATO says it stands by Turkey, urges Syria to stop aggressive acts against its ally

Following an exchange of fire at the Syrian-Turkish border, the US and NATO have condemned Syria and pledged to support Turkey. The White House has called for more pressure to be exerted on Damascus.

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