Turkey strikes targets in Syria in retaliation for shelling deaths
Smoke rises after shells landed Wednesday in Akcakale, a town in southeastern Turkey's Urfa province.
October 3rd, 2012
04:35 PM ET

Turkey strikes targets in Syria in retaliation for shelling deaths

Turkey fired on targets in Syria in response to the shelling of a Turkish border town in which five civilians were killed Wednesday, a statement from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said.

The town of Akcakale "was hit by artillery fire belonging to the Syrian regime forces," the statement said, in the first clear assertion of blame for the shelling.

"Our armed forces on the border responded immediately to this atrocious attack within the rules of engagement, and points in Syria determined by radar were hit with artillery fire," it said. "Turkey, within the confines of the rules of engagement and international law, will never leave these types of provocations aimed at our national security unanswered."

Nine people were also injured when the shell landed on the town in Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian border, the statement said.

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  1. Jim

    I'm proud Turkey is taking up for itself. Although Turkey is a Muslim nation, I'm pretty sure it is a part of the EU European Union and possibly a part of NATO. Good for them.

    Syria is becoming a mess.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. theywantyourcountryfortheirFREEDOM

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    When NBC 4 New York called the missing girl's home, someone quickly answered "no comment" and hung up. No one answered the door at the Alongi's residence.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Well, at least the Syrian governemnt didn't fall for this latest provocation to literally erase Turkey off the map, which the Syrian military could easily do.
    Put down this rebellion already.
    @Syria. Pretend you are the US gov...what would be done in the US if citizens rebelled. The process is not copyrighted. Do it the American way.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jochen

      You really dont think Syria has any chance against Turkey, isnt it? Comparing Turkey with Syria is a joke, Syria would wake up in a stone age....

      October 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rob

    bomb syria govt into the stone age

    October 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Jim. Although Turkey's public debt to gross domestic product ratio is much better than that of the USA, Turkey still does not qualify to be a member of the EU.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James Kirawne

    Esad is a real bully like his father before. How dare they shot and kill people in a NATO member country.  What would we do if this has happened in London. We would be sending our jets to Syria already. The meaning of NATO is to be together and protect other NATO countries. There should be no fly zones for Syria and more ambargo. The refugee numbers in Turkey only are coming to 100000, the conditions as I see are horrendous. Time has come for this tyrant to be finished one way or another. RIP our Turkish friends.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    I agree. The only thing that concerns me is that the Syrian border is 225 miles southwest of Akcakale Turkey. As far as I know, there isn't a piece of artillery that can send a shell that far. The battleship Missouri's 16" guns would only go 1/10th that distance. Something is wrong with this story.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    WORLD WAR III has just began.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    America needs to bomb Assad's government. this guy is like Hitler

    October 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TvNyC

    Happy anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Obama.,and happy birthday Rev. Al Sharpton

    October 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TvNyC

    Romney get a clue, you are not winning. Obama got this in the bag

    October 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    lmao@all who think NATO is obligated to defend Turkey.
    NATO is no-more obligated to defend Turkey than the US, France, and GB were obligated to defend Poland when Germans invaded Poland.
    GB and France could have easily snuffed the German war machine on that day. At that time, over 1/2 of Germany's war machine was powered by horses. It would be another 2 long years before the US gov would honor war-pact treaties with Poland, GB, AND France. Why? Too dang many Americans were getting filthy rich from doing business with Adolph Hitler.
    American war profiteers. Attack me for them?

    October 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    ...check that. *Too dang many christian American leaders were getting filthy rich from doing business with Nazis the first 2 years of the war.
    So many hundreds of millions of dollars of financial support for the Third Reich was coming from christian Americans, US Congress actually had to pass an anti-trading with the enemy act to get them to stop! (though their own God had commanded them not to do it in the first place)

    October 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pardon US

    For having opinions that don't mimic the great and powerful MOUTH. Shutyermouthalready.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Ah! The first partisan microblogging reg went behind an s/n and attacked me on behalf of christian war profiteers of America. Good job! Someone should be here to defend them. Might as well be you @"Pardon US". (war crimes can't be Legally pardoned, btw)
    You folks are constantly referring to "Muslim Nations"...that makes the USA a "Christian Nation" by YOUR standard, not mine.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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