Turkey authorizes military operations after Syria attack

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Turkish border units shelled targets in Syria for a second consecutive day Thursday, a day after Syrian mortar shells hit a Turkish border town, killing five civilians.

The tit-for-tat retaliation came as Turkey’s parliament voted to give Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan authority to conduct military operations abroad, although Turkish analysts expected Turkish military intervention to be limited.

“Turkey has no interest in a war with Syria,” Ibrahim Kalın, a top foreign policy advisor to Erdogan, wrote on Twitter.”But Turkey is capable of protecting its borders and will retaliate when necessary.”

“The aggressive actions targeting our national lands are at the threshold of armed attacks,” Erdogan said in the bill submitted to parliament, the Wall Street Journal reported. Continue reading