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Turkey to Syria: ‘We Will Retaliate’

One more wrong move from Syria will be one too many. Meeting with the United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria on Saturday, Turkey’s government announced plans to strike back if its border is crossed again, while Turkish tanks headed toward the Syrian hills. “We will do what’s necessary,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The fighting between the two countries—which erupted when a Syrian shell killed five in Turkey last week—escalated earlier this week when Turkey intercepted a Syrian-bound plane amid reports that they were carrying Russian-made defense equipment. As Syria’s bloody civil war rages into its 20th month, Turkey’s prime minister attacked the U.N. for its failure to intervene “despite all our efforts.”

October 13, 2012 3:32 PM