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. Philip

    No. If it were as simple as a war between Syria and Turkey, the war would last about 6 hours. Syria could easily crush Turkey.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    "Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been arming Syria's rebels."- Reuters, Jul 27, 2012, 3:10PM

    October 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greek American

    I agree, Turkey would smoke Syria. I know this as I am Greek and am well aware of the military strength of Turkey. Let's not forget the we, the USA constantly give Turkey money in aid every year, putting them in the top countries for the amount of money we give them.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greek American

    Also Philip, thanks for pointing out that Turkey is not part of the EU, nor are they really wanted by the other EU countries.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    We should ley Syria and Turkey fight it out, like a sporting match. We could place bids on who would win their war. It would be far more exciting than baseball,

    October 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    I would probably place a $100 bet on Turkey just to keep it exciting.

    Is everyone watching the debate tonight? I have to get up super early so need to go to bed by 8:30. Guess i'll miss it.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Philip, you might want to do a little research before spouting off. Turkey has roughly double the land based forces and weaponry that Syria has, and multiples of their air strength to say nothing of the fact that Syria is using Soviet equipment that is over a generation old while Turkey is using more modern US and European equipment. Add in the fact that Syria is hampered by a civil war and sanctions. Also, the NATO charter specifically states that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. Technically, we should all be getting in there now – US, UK, Canada, Germany, etc. But Turkey has not requested this.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    Google and check out your own sites. I found one that had Turkey listed number 6 behind only the big 5. A bit of a stretch but it does give you the idea that Turkey and Syria are in completely different leagues.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Corine

    So the odds against Syria winning would be pretty high. I could probably place a $25 bet on them. If the pulled it off I'd be rich! These sporting contest are fun!

    October 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    And next you will say Israel didn't rank no. 2 behind US, right?
    The US and Syria were "tight" for many years. It was from Syrian AFBs that US forces launched attacks on Iraq from! Can you remember that far back?
    On paper, Saudi Arabia looks weaker than she really is. But once you factor-in US weapons said to have been built for Israel winding-up in Saudi Arabia (Israel's sworn enemy) the picture becomes clearer.
    Drag all of these nations leaders in front of The World Court along with their judges and get to the bottom of this mess.

    October 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I remember well. Th US used Saudi Arabia as their primary base of operations during the Bush Sr Gulf war. The US used Saudi, Bahraini, Qatari, and Kuwaiti bases to enforce the no fly zone over Iraq post Gulf war. They never had any arrangement or alliance with Syria because Syria was always a Soviet ally during the cold war then gravitated to the more radical anti-US camp after Gorbachev. But maybe your area 51 websites have the history different from the rest of us.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Actually, this WASN'T an attack in response to Syria attacking Turkey.
    Syria's attack is in response to Turkey allowing Saudi Arabia and Qatar (read: USA) to build a military base of operations in Turkey from which "rebels" and weaponry were supplied to Syrian "rebels".
    Why do you folks find it so hard to believe that your own leaders in cahhots with Israel's leaders are fomenting these wars? And NOT for you, America, Truth, or for God&Country. It's for THEM, NOT US. (them being nations that benefit from being bombed down and rebuilt, and also them leaders of ours with their hands shoulder deep in the oil trade)

    October 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Seems that Turkey is the place to build. Russia has signed a 20 billion agreement to build a 4.8 gigawatt nuclear facility in Turkey while retaining 51% of shares and will provide expertise.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greek American

    BOMBO is right. Let's also not forget that GWB asked Turkey if we could use their military bases to land our planes there after 9-11, and they denied him.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Iran for some odd reason has also helped Iran with it's nuclear program.
    Guess since Russia sold the oil shales of the Caspian Basin, they are pimping out their services within the Nuclear market.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trekkie Rex

      Why wouldn't Iran help with Iran's nuclear program?? Strange statement.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Actually, Saudi Arabia has been the US governents base of ME operations since 1938, the year oil was discovered by American drillers. (they were actually drilling for water when oil was first struck, and the King of Saudi Arabia was NOT impressed. He paid them to find water)
    Since then, many US bases have been built in Saudi Arabia, and American militia are the official giards of The House of Saud. (guarding against a majority of citizens who view Saud and Bin Laden family as renegades who have sided with the infidels.
    Bush-Zapata discovered oil in Kuwait, and it was strictly Bushco oilwells Iraqi troops set on fire after Iraq's UN rep complained for over two years about Kuwait illegally selling Bushco oil to Iraq's OPEC contract customers.
    Bill Clinton, a fmr. US President and fmr. CIA agent under HW Bush was hired by Bush-Zapata to broker deal with Ja pan. (shortly afterwards, Ja panese imports made from cheaper Kuwaiti (Bushco) oil flooded the US MARKET. Just as we see today with China being supplied...

    October 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
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