Turkey and Syria Engaged in Conflict

by Nathaniel Botwinick

According to breaking reports, Turkey and Syria have had cross-border incidents today.


Turkey has contacted the U.N. and NATO after Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish town near the border between the two countries.The shells exploded after being fired into Akcakale from Tall al-Abyad in Syria, where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are trying to put down an 18-month-old insurgency. The dead are said to include a woman and her three children. Later, reports said Turkey had struck back at Syrian targets. A statement from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish forces had shelled targets along the border identified by radar, AFP news agency reported. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was quoted as saying that Syria must be made to account for the incident and there must be a response under international law.

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