A mortar attack that killed five civilians in Turkey on Oct. 3 triggered a series of retaliatory bombardments against targets within Syria by Turkey. While the Turkish government at first voiced uncertainty as to the forces behind the initial attack, the Syrian regime was determined to be the source, and the retaliatory shelling has targeted Syrian government forces and structures. The hostility has pushed the two countries towards all out war, and the Turkish parliament authorized increased military activity that may soon drag in NATO countries.
Turkey’s Parliament approved a motion Thursday that authorizes further military action against Syria, as Turkey began its second day of shelling targets within Syria in response to a mortar attack that killed five civilians.
The measure, which was ratified after several hours of a closed-door session in the capital, Ankara, permits cross-border raids, although senior officials insisted that NATO ally Turkey did not want a war with its Arab neighbor — an escalation that could turn Syria’s bloody civil strife into a regional conflict with international involvement.
The motion read, in part, “The ongoing crisis in Syria affects the stability and security in the region and now the escalating animosity affects our national security,” according to the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency.
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