Syria condemned after mortar attack on Turkey

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Rescue workers have arrived at the scene of a Syrian cross-border mortar attack in the Turkish town of Akçakale. The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, condemns the attack, which killed five Turkish civilians and wounded at least nine. Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bülent Arınç, says a response should be given within international law
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ISTANBUL—Turkey attacked targets inside Syria for a second day Thursday and its parliament authorized military offensives into foreign countries, deepening the threat of sustained conflict along the neighbors' 565-mile common border.

Syria, at the United Nations, castigated its neighbor for policies it said were fueling the conflict.

Ankara's military and legislative moves came a day after Syrian shells landed in the Turkish border town of Akcakale, killing five people and spurring Turkish retaliatory strikes.

In spite of the military authorizations passed earlier in the day, Turkish officials suggested Thursday that further armed action isn't likely imminent. The day's moves underscored how Ankara, while it has the vocal backing of its international allies after the attack on its territory, appears to have no partners for broader military action.
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Turkey conducted nearly 12 hours of artillery attacks that lasted into early Thursday, according to residents in Akcakale and the Syrian government. The strikes targeted a Syrian army position several miles inside Syrian territory from Akcakale, Turkey said.

Syrian rebel fighters said Thursday that the target of Turkish shelling was a Syrian forward operating base in Tal Abyad, about nine miles from Turkey's border. Fourteen Syrian soldiers were killed, they said, a claim that couldn't be independently verified. Syrian officials said two officers were wounded.

Syria's government is still investigating who fired the shells Wednesday, Syria's envoy to the United Nations, Bashar Ja'afari, told the Security Council, saying that Damascus wouldn't apologize until it was determined who was responsible. "Our forces practiced self-restraint and did not respond to this Turkish artillery shelling," he said, adding that Syria expressed condolences for the Turkish "martyrs."
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The US State Department has said it regards Turkey's response to the Syrian mortar far as appropriate, proportionate and designed to deter any future violations of its sovereignty by Syria.
The department also said it believes Turkey, which has carried out retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian border town, has responded to Wednesday's mortar fire and that its parliament's actions were aimed at any future violations of its sovereignty, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland.
William Hague expresses the UK's strong solidarity with Turkey after the border incident
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All 15 security council members, including Russia, call on Syria to respect 'sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours'
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Syria attack again hitting a peaceful area, as they try to draw turkey in to there civil war in the hope that Iran and Palestine are stupid enough to back them up

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