October 5, 2012

Will NATO Get Sucked into Syrian War?

Amir Taheri, New York Post

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Just a month ago, the Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad threatened to extend the civil war in his country to “the entire Middle East.” He had, in fact, been trying to do so for months, with military incursions into Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan and mortar attacks along the Turkish border. He’d also resumed arms shipments to the PKK, a Kurdish group fighting against the Turkish government. Another test of Turkish nerves came when Assad’s Russian missiles downed a Turkish fighter on a reconnaissance mission over the border.

This week, Assad took his campaign against Turkey a step further by ordering mortar attacks against the Turkish border town of Akcakale, killing six civilians.

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TAGGED: Syria, Turkey, NATO


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